Marquart introduces the upper Midwest by acknowledging its boring and colorless lands and by implementing particular pieces of information about upper Midwest that not many people know about; and a little facetious tone. For instance, she illustrates the background of the upper Midwest as she affirms, “. .
. you’ll encounter a road so lonely, treeless, and devoid of rises and curves in places that it will feel like one long-held pedal steel guitar note.” (2-5), which then juxtaposed to the end where she shared how her great-grandparents and grandparents “traveled to the Midwest by train” (64-65) to receive their lands and what was the meaning of Eureka. Marquart’s change of tones about the allusion of upper Midwest as drab to hopeful with the use of words such as “purity” and “anticipation” and the allusion of Archimedes helps her demonstrate the common point of views when it comes to the Midwest