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by Henry David Thoreau

Walden House-Warming Summary

  • In late August, Thoreau goes grape-picking and tries out a couple of other local bites (provided by nature, of course). By September, he notices that the maple trees are already changing color. In October, his house is swarming with wasps.
  • Fast forward to November: Thoreau has constructed a chimney for his home, with some help from a visiting poet. Who knew poets could do manual labor?
  • Thoreau thinks that having a big house is uncool. When you have a small house, you spend more time with your guests.
  • With winter approaching, the pond is covered with ice. It's ripe for ice skating, but, instead, Thoreau spends his time chopping wood to keep him warm through the winter.
  • There's definitely some romance in cooking outside, but the next year, Thoreau gets a stove and loses the romance.

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