Yet another re-read from years ago when I was younger, but this book fell a little flat for me. Laura's "seeing with words" for Mary got rather annoying, as did her bemoaning doing her duty and becoming a teacher. I liked the descriptions of how the railroad and town got built, and the emotion that seeped through at each new problem to be solved. I liked the surprise at the end, with Almanzo and was eager to know why he had come west with Royal. All things considered, an interesting look at the time period, but a very dry look as well.