Attractive in appearance, superficially interested in cultural matters, and deeply interested in Carol was Erik Valborg, a Swedish boy who had left the farm to work in a tailor's shop in Gopher Prairie. Carol, infatuated by his attentions, was brought to her senses by her husband, who broke off the affair. Erik left Gopher Prairie on the Minneapolis train. Sometime later, in Washington, Carol saw him on the movie screen. His performance was mediocre.