Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thoreau's Journal: 25-Nov-1850

Introduction by Sean:

Although I am posting this on December 7, to keep the integrity of the date it was written (and posted to The Blog of Henry David Thoreau), I am pre-dating it to November 25. I include this herein as it stands in testimony of my experiences walking a mile or so into the woods of our Sussex village before I, too, have realized that I have carried the goings-on of village life, literally and metaphorically, with me, that I was indeed walking but with my mind elsewhere.
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I feel a little alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit. I would fain forget all my morning’s occupation, my obligations to society. But sometimes it happens that I cannot easily shake off the village; the thought of some work, some surveying, will run in my head, and I am not where my body is, I am out of my senses like a bird or beast. What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods?

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