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  1. Jul 2019
    1. mine. It was a pretty game, played on the smooth surface of the p

      I feel like he described the loon as nature, Showing the equal relationship between man and nature

    2. or hours, in fall days, I watched the ducks cunningly tack and veer and hold the middle of the pond, far from the sportsman; tricks which they will have less need to

      In different environments, we should choose different lifestyles. If we stay the same, we may be eliminated by the nature.

    1. Squirrels and wild mice disputed for my store of nuts. The

      This method of description makes the squirrels and voles more human, reflecting the inseparability between man and nature.

    2. t is hardly as if you had seen a wild creature when a rabbit or a partridge bursts away, only a natural one, as much to be expected as rustling lea

      I like this sentences here, it shows a kind of awe and appreciation for nature.

    1. Near at hand, upon the topmost spray of a birch, sings the brown-thrasher—or red mavis, as some love to call him—all the morning, glad of your society, that would find out another farmer’s field if yours were not here. While you areplanting the seed, he cries,—“Drop it, drop it,—cover it up, cover it up,—pull it up, pull it up, p

      I really like the description of the bird’s voice here.which makes the farmer not feel lonely, reflecting the coexistence of man and nature.

    2. Before yet any woodchuck or squirrel had run across the road, or the sun had got above the shrub oaks, while all the dew was on, though the farmers warned me against it,—I would advise you to do all your work if possible while the dew is on,

      I really love this one, i think Thoreau is trying to tell us finished our job as fast as we can, don not wait until the last moment.

    1. Though he knows that he has travelled it a thousand times, he cannot recognize a feature in it, but it is as strange to him as if it w

      Thoreau want to use this as an example, even in some area that you are very familiar with, you will lost your way by a small turn. This is warning us that in our lives, we must always be vigilant.

    2. thout assistance. Several times, when a visitor chanced to stay into evening, and it proved a dark night, I was obliged to conduct him to the cart-path in the rear of the house, and then point out to him the direction he was to pursue, and in keeping which he was to be guided rather by his

      When we meet difficulties in our life, we should find someone who can point out a way for us instead of doing by yourself and get lost in the unknown area.

    1. Even the little variety which I used was a yielding to the demands of appetite, and not of h

      People pay attention to their own desires and ignore what they really need.

    2. , and then stood when I came back to pass the time of day, and look freshly up, unconcerned, with spring thoughts, at the devastation; there being a dearth of work, as he said. He was there to represent spectatordom, and help make this seemingly insignificant event one with the removal of the

      Humorously compares the things in his life with what happened in history.

    3. would not bear removal. She lighted a lamp to show me the inside of the roof and the walls, and also that the board floor extended under the bed, warning me not to step into the cellar, a sort of dust hole two feet deep. In her own words, they were “good boards overhead, good boards all around,

      The construction of the house is very bad, but it is a good material in the owner‘s words.The author irony the poor people's life.

    4. he humbler esculents, which, though they may be biennials, are cultivated only till they have perfected their root, and often cut down at top for this purpose, so that most would not know them in t

      I think Thoreau is trying to tell us we need to spend more time on self-improvement.

    5. emble too much for that. Actually, the laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day; he cannot afford to sustain the manliest relations to men; his labor would be depreci

      This is a really problem many people have today but often ignored.They are doing repetitive things every day with no value.This example may let the reader reflect, think about if they have the same problem and get into the book.

    1. I watch the passage of the morning cars with the same feeling that I do the rising of the sun, which is hardly mor

      Thoreau uses positive statements to describe the cars, he thought the cars are as regular as the sun.

    2. with their habits. Sometimes I heard four or five at once in different parts of the wood, by accident one a bar behind another, and so near me that I distinguished not only the cluck after each note, but often that singular buzzing sound like a fly in a spider’s web, only prop

      i think he compare wood to natural, Just like he heard four or five different sounds from wood, Natural is also crowded with different sounds.

    3. He had never seen such a dull and out-of-the-way place; the folks were all gone off; why, you couldn’t even hear the whistle! I doubt if there is such a place in Massachusetts now:

      This sentences describe how lonely the boy was. "you couldn’t even hear the whistle!". this sentence shows how important the sounds in our life is.

    4. When I meet the engine with its train of cars moving off with planetary motion,—or, rather, like a comet, for the beholder knows not if with that velocity and with that direction it will ever revisit this system, since its orbit does not look like a returning curve,—

      i like this sentences. it using a metaphorical description, compare the train to the comet, reflect the power of the train.

    5. owance. I realized what the Orientals mean by contemplation and the forsaking of works. For the most part, I minded not how the hours went. The day advanced as if to light some work of mine; it was morning, and lo, now it is evening, andnothing memorable is accom

      This sentence use a side description to show his grew. what he realized make him become more focus, only when you very focus on some thing, you may ignored the time.