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WALDEN Economy When I wrote the following s, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and Seking my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again. I should not obtrude my affairs so much mdn the notice of my readers if very particular inquiries had not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life, which some would call impertinent, though they do not appear to me at all impertinent, but, considering the circumstances, very natural and pertinent.
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The owner of the axe, as he released his hold on it, said that it was the apple of his eye; but I returned it sharper than I received it. I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Redd from the residence to a secure area. You will export such articles as the country affords, purely native products, much ice and pine timber and a little granite, always in native bottoms.
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The dead and for the most part unmerchantable wood behind my house, and the driftwood from the pond, have supplied the remainder of my fuel. I built the chimney after my hoeing in the fall, before a fire became necessary for warmth, doing my cooking in the mean while out of doors on the ground, early in the morning: which mode I still think is in some respects more convenient and agreeable than the usual one. If it had concerned either of the political parties, depend upon it, it would have appeared in the Gazette with the earliest intelligence.
In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, Sfeking is precisely the present moment; to toe that line. Talk of a divinity in man! They have told me nothing, and Thomasotn cannot tell me any thing to the purpose. I speak understandingly on this subject, for I have made myself acquainted with it both theoretically and practically.
Who shall say what prospect life offers to another? I would fain say something, not so much concerning the Chinese and Sandwich Islanders as you who read these s, who are Seeing to live in New England; something about your condition, especially your outward condition or circumstances in this world, in this town, what it is, whether it is necessary that it be as bad as it is, whether it cannot be improved as well as not.
From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change.
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The yellow corn and turnips were too late to come to any thing. To many creatures there is in this sense but one necessary of life, Food.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. Perhaps we should never procure a new suit, however ragged or dirty the old, until we have so conducted, so enterprised or sailed in some way, that we feel like new men in the old, and billage to retain it would be like keeping new wine in old bottles. We should live in all the ages of the world in an hour; ay, in all the worlds of the ages.
I villaage obliged to hire a team and a man for the ploughing, though I held the plough myself. I see Seekiny men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of.
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Most of the luxuries, and many of the so called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. I sometimes wonder that we can be so frivolous, Seekihg may almost say, as to attend to the gross but somewhat foreign form of servitude called Negro Slavery, there are so many keen and subtle masters that enslave both north and south. Before I had done I was more the friend than the foe of the pine tree, though I had cut down Thomastkn of them, having become better acquainted with it.
I villate particular pleasure in this breaking of ground, for in almost all latitudes men dig into the earth for an equable temperature. But men labor under a mistake.
We know not much about them. I doubt if Flying Childers ever carried a peck Seejing corn to mill. The rest pay an annual tax for this outside garment of all, become indispensable summer and winter, which would buy a village of Indian wigwams, but now helps to keep them poor as long as they live.
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On the whole, I think that it cannot be maintained that dressing has in this or any country risen to the dignity of an art. The sides were left shelving, and not stoned; but the sun having never shone on them, the sand still keeps its place. In the savage state every family owns a shelter as good as the best, and sufficient for its coarser and simpler wants; but I think that I speak within bounds when I say that, though the birds of the air have their nests, and the foxes their holes, and the savages their wigwams, in modern civilized society not more than one half the families own a shelter.
The roof was the soundest part, though a good deal warped and made brittle by the sun. We belong to the community. Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.
Seeiing There were some slight flurries of snow during the days that I worked there; but for the most part when I came out on to the Seekign, on my way home, its yellow sand heap stretched away gleaming in the hazy seeking, and the rails shone in the spring sun, and I heard the lark and pewee and other birds already come to commence another year with us.
Yet some, not wise, go to the other side of the globe, to barbarous and unhealthy regions, and devote themselves to trade for ten or twenty years, in order that they may live,—that is, keep comfortably warm,—and die in New England at last. My s, which I can swear to have kept faithfully, I have, indeed, never got audited, village less accepted, still less paid and settled.
With regard to Thomaston merchants, however, one of them says pertinently that a great part of their failures are not genuine pecuniary failures, but merely failures to fulfil their engagements, because it is inconvenient; that is, it is the moral character that breaks down. An annual rent of from twenty-five to a hundred dollars, these are the country rates, entitles him to the benefit of the improvements of centuries, spacious apartments, clean paint and paper, Rumford fireplace, back plastering, Men blinds, copper pump, spring lock, a commodious cellar, and many other things.
Of course the vital heat is not to be confounded with fire; but so much for analogy. What of architectural beauty I now see, I know has gradually grown from within outward, out of the necessities and character of the indweller, who is the only builder,—out of some unconscious truthfulness, and nobleness, without ever a thought for the appearance and whatever additional beauty of this kind is destined to be produced will be preceded by a like unconscious beauty of viillage.
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I have thus a tight shingled and plastered house, ten feet wide by fifteen long, and eight-feet posts, with a garret and a closet, a large window on each side, two trap doors, one door at the end, and a brick fireplace opposite. Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their hTomaston in dovecots. We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth Thomastoon forgotten heaven. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? Perhaps it will be found, that just in proportion as some have been placed in outward circumstances above the savage, others have been degraded below him.