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For questions about "Walden; or Life in the Woods", the book by Henry David Thoreau. Use in conjunction with [henry-david-thoreau].

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What mechanics does Thoreau associate with earning bread?

In the first chapter of Walden; or Life in the Woods, Thoreau writes: If I wished a boy to know something about the arts and sciences, for instance, I would not pursue the common course, which is ...
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Of what vagabond does Thoreau speak in this sentence?

In the first chapter of Walden; or Life in the Woods, Thoreau writes: If I wished a boy to know something about the arts and sciences, for instance, I would not pursue the common course, which is ...
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What kind of failures of merchants does Thoreau describe in this passage?

In the first chapter of Walden; or Life in the Woods, Thoreau says: What has been said of the merchants, that a very large majority, even ninety-seven in a hundred, are sure to fail, is equally true ...
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Where in "Walden" does Thoreau "hug trees"?

Thoreau is sometimes taken to be a "tree-hugging dreamer". While I understand this is meant to be somewhat of a metaphor, the notion of him hugging trees in Walden is persistent and ...
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Who is Thoreau quoting (or paraphrasing) here in Walden?

The passage in question is in Walden's conclusion: The philosopher said "From an army of three divisions one can take away its general, and put it in disorder; from the man the most abject and ...
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Meaning of "Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new" in "Walden"

In the first chapter of Walden; or Life in the Woods, Thoreau says: What everybody echoes or in silence passes by as true to-day may turn out to be falsehood tomorrow, mere smoke of opinion, which ...
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