Out of the Past

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November 9






and Other Natural History Essays

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
American Writer

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Wood Duck. Summer Duck
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H.D. Thoreau
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Thoreau: A Book of Quotations
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A Book of Quotations
Thoreau in His Own Time
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Walden
Walden


Grass white and stiff with frost.

Two blackbirds fly over pretty near, with a chuck - either red-wings or grackles, but I see no red. See a painted tortoise and a wood tortoise in different places out on the bank still!

Saw in the pool at the Hemlocks what I at first thought was a brighter leaf moved by the zephyr on the surface of the smooth dark water, but it was a splendid
male summer duck, which allowed us to approach within seven or eight rods, sailing up close to the shore, and then rose and flew up the curving stream.




Found a good stone jug, small size, floating stopple up. I drew the stopple and smelled, as I expected, molasses and water, or something stronger (black-strap?), which it had contained. Probably some meadow-haymakers' jug left in the grass, which the recent rise of the river has floated off. It will do to put with the
white pitcher I found and keep flowers in. Thus I get my furniture.


1855

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