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    Nevada Shoe Tree


    Once upon a time, by the wayside of a lonely road, in the Nevada desert, near Middle gate, between Fallon and Ely, there was a cottonwood . The loners who went through this desolate area were always astounded to see a tree bending under the weight of  Shoes.

    In fact, the limbs of the cottonwood were starting to bow under the weight of thousands of shoes. All sorts of shoes, utterly different ones: flat shoes, sport shoes, ankle boot shoes, even patent leather shoes, high-heeled shoes, flip-flops. There were also unexpected snorkelling-flippers. The passerby could notice: A few brand-new and threadbare shoes as well.


    Ankle boot




    On the limbs the weight of the shoes jeopardize the visitors

    Patent leather shoes






    High heels



    Alone  Lonely  Loneliness  Forlorn

    Loneliness/Forlorn  =  lonely
    The Loneliness of a forlorn man


    Lonely  = forlorn


     Lonely (person) Lonely (road or aera)
     A lonely who prefers being alone rather than walking with somebody
     A lonely road in a lonely aera


     Marriage and Behaviour

    Marriage /   Wedding


    They had an argument / a quarrel about money


    The groom / the bride


    The groom was blaming his wife


    They had got married in Reno


    He left her wife in the lurch


    They didn't have a lover's tiff.


    The bride collapsed into tears


    They made peace at last




    As I feel you are puzzling, I will reveal a strange story to you.

    On this desolate road, thirty years ago, a young couple who had just got married in Reno, stopped under this tree. They had an argument about money, (it was not a lovers' tiff)

    The groom was blaming his wife for wasting a lot of money in the slot machines in Reno's casino. As she was angry, she threatened her husband to walk back to Utah. The young groom, annoyed, took her shoes off and left her wife barefoot. Then, he threw her shoes into the tree and left her wife in the lurch. Without uttering a word, he drove to the next lonely bar for a drink. Three hours later, he came back to the tree. The young bride had collapsed into tears. They apologised to each other and as a sign of solidarity, the groom threw his own shoes into the tree. One year later, they came back to the tree with their young baby and threw the baby booties up into the limbs of the tree.

    A few months later, people came in flocks to throw more shoes. However, the tree was cut down; it had cracked under the weight of the thousands of shoes and it jeopardized the visitors' security. For saddened people an icon had been destroyed.


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    1. These young people in Reno, located in the Nevada desert.

    2. People came to throw their own shoes into the cottonwood.

    3. In the city hall the groom gave his bride a made of gold.

    4. Sometimes lovers have .However they make peace with each other very quickly.

    5. In the picture it is said that, the man was alone and suffered from

    6. A few people threw shoes that they had just bought.

    7. He was because he preferred being alone rather than spending a lot of time with people.

    8. The shoes hung from the cottonwood which could withstand extreme weight.

    9. The tree was under the weight of the shoes.

    10. The tree was because it jeopardized the visitors who were watching it.

    11. The cottonwood all the visitors because it was cracking from its roots to its top.

    12. The cut down tree is compared with a deceased human being. Therefore the word is used in the text.

    13. When the shoe tree was cut down, people came in flocks to this tree.

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