The Writings of Henry David Thoreau Volume 15

The Writings of Henry David Thoreau Volume 15

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... phrases to assert that dogma, he will briefly ejaculate, 'Al, ' and hurry on with the course of conversation." (Page 283.) 1857 A FROZEN CATERPILLAR 253 Feb. 11. Wednesday. The meadows, flooded by the thaw of the last half of last week and Sunday, are now frozen hard enough to bear, and it is excellent skating. Near the other swamp white oak on Shattuck's piece I found another caterpillar on the ice. From its position I thought it possible that it had been washed from its winter quarters by the freshet, and so left on top of the ice. It was not frozen in, and may have been blown from the oak. It was of a different species from that of January 8th, about one and one tenth inches long, with but little fuzziness, black with three longitudinal buff stripes, the two lateral quite pale, and a black head; the foremost feet black, the others lightercolored. It was frozen quite stiffiy, as many tested, being curled up like the other, and I did not dare to bend it hard for fear of breaking it, even after I took it out in the house. But being placed on the mantelpiece it soon became relaxed, and in fifteen minutes began to crawl. Feb. 12. 7.30 A. M.--The caterpillar, which I placed last night on the snow beneath the thermometer, is frozen stiff again, this time not being curled up, the temperature being--6 now. Yet, being placed on the mantelpiece, it thaws and begins to crawl in five or ten minutes, before the rear half of its body is limber. Perhaps they were revived last week, when the thermometer stood at 52 and 53. To Worcester. I observe that the Nashua in Lancaster has already' fallen about three feet, as appears by the ice on the trees, walls, banks, etc., though the main stream of the Concord has not begun to...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236737237
  • 9781236737236