Wednesday, March 05, 2003
I've picked up "Walden" by H.D. Thoreau again, and am having another go at reading it. It's going much more easily this time. I don't know if it's the tiny print in the book I have or the fact that I was trying to read it right before bed, but it was putting me to sleep the first time. In any case, I read something that struck me and thought I'd share it:
...I saw a snake run into the water, and he lay on the bottom, apparently without inconvenience, as long as I stayed there, or more than a quarter of an hour; perhaps because he had not yet fairly come out of the torpid state. It appeared to me that for a like reason men remain in their present low and primitive condition; but if they should feel the influence of the spring of springs arousing them, they would of necessity rise to a higher and more ethereal life.