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Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
American Writer

Autumn Grouse Shooting, 1895
Autumn Grouse Shooting, 1895

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P . M. -- Got in my boat, which before I had got out and turned up on the bank. It made me sweat to wheel it home through the snow, I am so unused to the work of late.

Then walked up the railroad. The clear straw-colored grass and some weeds contrasting with the snow it rises above. Saw little in this walk. Saw Melvin's lank bluish-white black-spotted hound, and Melvin with his gun near, going home at eve. He follows hunting, praise be to him, as regularly in our tame fields as the farmers follow farming. Persistent Genius!


How quickly men come out on to the highways with their sleds and improve the first snow! The farmer has begun to play with his sled as early as any of the boys. See him already with mittens on and thick boots well greased - been soaking in grease all summer, perhaps - and fur cap and red comforter about his throat, though it is not yet cold, walking beside his team with contented thoughts. This drama every day in the. streets! This is the theatre I go to. There he goes with his venture behind him, and often he gets aboard for a change.




As for the sensuality in Whitman's " Leaves of Grass," I do not so much wish that it was not written, as that men and women were so pure that they could read it without harm.
1856

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