Walden

Walden: Chapter 13

Chapter 13 Summary – Chapter Thirteen ‘House-Warming’ He details how he gathered fruit and nuts, and did so in order that he had a sufficient rather than surplus amount. He also mentions the ground nut, which cultivation has almost done away with, but ‘was once the totem of an Indian tribe’.   The coming winter …

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Walden: Chapter 12

Chapter 12 Summary – Chapter Twelve ‘Brute Neighbors’ The first few paragraphs switch between references to being a ‘hermit’ and a ‘poet’. He moves on to discuss the mice in his house and how they are a ‘wild native kind’. Other creatures also become used to his presence, such as a robin and a partridge, …

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Walden: Chapter 11

Chapter 11 Summary – Chapter Eleven ‘Higher Laws’ A discussion of hunting and how men and boys in New England used to do this is described. The scarcity of game has lessened this pursuit rather than ‘increased humanity’. He defends hunting too, though, and quotes Chaucer’s Nun; he sees it as a part of one’s …

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Walden: Chapter 10

Chapter 10 Summary – Chapter Ten ‘Baker Farm’ He explains how he paid many visits to particular trees that were rare in the area and refers to them as ‘shrines’. He also tells how once he stood in ‘the very abutment of a rainbow’s arch’ and says how Cellini wrote about a light appearing over …

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Walden: Chapter 9

Chapter 9 Summary – Chapter Nine ‘The Ponds’ He recalls the fishermen that came to the pond and how once in a while he would sit with an older one in his boat. The scenery of Walden is described as ‘humble’, but the pond is referred to as ‘remarkable for its depth and purity’. It …

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Walden: Chapter 8

Chapter 8 Summary – Chapter Eight ‘The Bean-Field’ The length of his rows of planted beans is measured at seven miles and he describes how he cherished them. His enemies were worms, cool days and woodchucks. He counters this and says that he has taken over the woodchucks’ feeding ground.   At the age of …

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Walden: Chapter 7

Summary – Chapter Seven ‘The Bean-Field’The length of his rows of planted beans is measured at seven miles and he describes how he cherished them. His enemies were worms, cool days and woodchucks. He counters this and says that he has taken over the woodchucks’ feeding ground. At the age of four, he was brought …

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Walden: Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Summary – Chapter Six ‘Visitors’ He says how he loves society ‘as much as most’ and three chairs in his house. He has had from 25 to 30 people in his home at once and uses this point to question the necessity of having large homes. One inconvenience is noted, though, as he …

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Walden: Chapter 5

Chapter 5 Summary – Chapter Five ‘Solitude’ There is an explanation of how he had a few visitors, but not too many, and says how ‘encouraging society may be found in any natural object, even for the poor misanthrope and most melancholy man’. He thinks of himself as more favored by the Gods than other …

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