In 1909, Leonora Whitaker left her home to teach at a mission school near Del Rio, TN. She is the mother of Catherine Marshall, and Christy [the novel] is inspired by Leonora’s experiences teaching in rural Appalachia.
Shepherd portrait. I don't really think this is a Scottish shepherd. Maybe he is French, but the portrait is nonetheless poignant, and typical of the close relationships between man and beast in this occupation.