"As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea. The red of the grass made all the great prairie the colour of wine-stains, or of certain seaweeds when they are first washed up. And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running."
The description in this quote makes you see a beautiful country that has plenty of land and food, and is also housing people well, helping them survive. Each thing in this description explains what the country should real look like. With this description is makes you think that the novel won't have any problems at all and everything is hunky dorey.
If I came up to a place with tall bright houses, with pretty yards and kids laughing and giggling while playing with their dogs outside. I would imagine that everyone is happy and nothing can go wrong.
But then if I came upon a plavce with all dark houses, with broken windows and kids dressed in black sitting on the porch crying would make me feel sad and gloomy and think that everything is going wrong.