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by Henry David Thoreau

Walden Solitude Summary

  • Occasionally Thoreau has visitors. If they arrive while he's out, they usually leave a walnut leaf or chip as a sign that they've been there. Natch.
  • Thoreau isn't sad all on his own. He finds Nature a continuous source of friendliness and cheer.
  • Besides, he finds that he has a kind of split personality, where one side of him is a spectator observing what the other side of him is doing. So, he's not really alone – a little crazy, but not alone.
  • Our man thinks people are actually more alone in the company of others since, usually, our contact with the people around us is so superficial.
  • He explains that he is only alone in the sense that a flower or a fly or a bee is alone in a pasture.
  • There are a couple of neighbors who Thoreau chats with: an old settler of the woods, as well as an old woman who has a nice herb garden.

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