Cape Cod (Penguin Nature Classics) by Henry David Thoreau

By Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's vintage account of his meditative, beach-combing strolling journeys to Cape Cod within the early 1850s, reflecting at the elemental forces of the ocean, with an creation through Paul Theroux

Cape Cod chronicles Henry David Thoreau’s trip of discovery alongside this evocative stretch of Massachusetts sea coast, in which time he got here to appreciate the advanced courting among the ocean and the shore. He spent his nights in lighthouses, in fishing huts, and on remoted farms. He handed his days wandering the shores, the place he saw the big variety of existence and loss of life provided up through the sea. via those observations, Thoreau stumbled on that the one strategy to really be aware of the sea—its intensity, its wildness, and the traditional lifestyles it contained—was to review it from the shore. Like his most renowned paintings, Walden, Cape Cod is stuffed with Thoreau’s special perceptions and certain descriptions. however it is usually filled with his personal pleasure and sweetness at having stumbled throughout a brand new frontier so just about domestic, the place a guy may well stand and “put all the USA at the back of him.”

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The Men of Gondor call it sweet galenas, and esteem it only for the fragrance of its flowers. From that land it must have been carried up the Greenway during the long centuries between the coming of Elendil and our own days. But even the Dúnedain of Gondor allow us this credit: Hobbits first put it into pipes. Not even the Wizards first thought of that before we did. ’ 3 Of the Ordering of the Shire The Shire was divided into four quarters, the Farthings already referred to, North, South, East, and West; and these again each into a number of folklands, which still bore the names of some of the old leading families, although by the time of this history these names were no longer found only in their proper folklands.

They shot well with the bow, for they were keen-eyed and sure at the mark. Not only with bows and arrows. If any Hobbit stooped for a stone, it was well to get quickly under cover, as all trespassing beasts knew very well. All Hobbits had originally lived in holes in the ground, or so they believed, and in such dwellings they still felt most at home; but in the course of time they had been obliged to adopt other forms of abode. Actually in the Shire in Bilbo’s days it was, as a rule, only the richest and the poorest Hobbits that maintained the old custom.

The second volume, The Two Towers, was published in England on 11 November 1954 and in the United States on 21 April 1955. Meanwhile Tolkien worked to keep a promise he had made in the foreword to volume one: that ‘an index of names and strange words’ would appear in the third volume. As originally planned, this index would contain much etymological information on the languages, particularly on the elven tongues, with a large vocabulary. It proved the chief cause of the delay in publishing volume three, which in the end contained no index at all, only an apology from the publisher for its absence.

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