Men of business in the woods (Walden 106)

Oak Valley Wildlife Management Area, near Battle Creek, Nebraska.

Oak Valley Wildlife Management Area, near Battle Creek, Nebraska.

“I could not but notice some of the peculiarities of my visitors. Girls and boys and young women generally seemed glad to be in the woods. They looked in the pond and at the flowers, and improved their time. Men of business, even farmers, thought only of solitude and employment, and of the great distance at which I dwelt from something or other; and though they said that they loved a ramble in the woods occasionally, it was obvious that they did not.”

—Henry David Thoreau, “Visitors,” Walden

(About  “A Year in Walden”)

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