| Quote #1
[Old Baltus Van Tassel] was satisfied with his wealth, but not proud of it; and piqued himself upon the hearty abundance, rather than the style in which he lived. (1.21)
For once, a rich guy in a fable that isn't like Scrooge McDuck. Baltus shows us the decent way to be rich. Don't be greedy and don't be proud. Just be chill.
| Quote #2
It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day, the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. (1.36)
Basically, nature is majorly blinged out in autumn. Bet you never thought of Mother Nature posing with a gold chain like Flavor Flav before. You're welcome.
| Quote #3
On all sides he beheld vast store of apples; some hanging in oppressive opulence on the trees; some gathered into baskets and barrels for the market; others heaped up in rich piles for the cider-press. Farther on he beheld great fields of Indian corn, with its golden ears peeping from their leafy coverts, and holding out the promise of cakes and hasty pudding; and the yellow pumpkins lying beneath them, turning up their fair round bellies to the sun, and giving ample prospects of the most luxurious of pies. (1.38)
Early Americans were super practical. Their wealth comes from using what they're given to make something awesome. We wonder what they did when life gave them lemons…