When History Turned Sepia

The Bird Cage - Taken 1845 by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson
The Bird Cage – Taken 1845 by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson

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1845

Henry David Thoreau moves into his shack on Walden Pond.

“Both place and time were changed, and I dwelt nearer to those parts of the universe and to those eras in history which had most attracted me. Where I lived was as far off as many a region viewed nightly by astronomers. We are wont to imagine rare and delectable places in some remote and more celestial corner of the system, behind the constellation of Cassiopeia’s Chair, far from noise and disturbance. I discovered that my house actually had its site in such a withdrawn, but forever new and unprofaned, part of the universe. If it were worth the while to settle in those parts near to the Pleiades or the Hyades, to Aldebaran or Altair, then I was really there, or at an equal remoteness from the life which I had left behind, dwindled and twinkling with as fine a ray to my nearest neighbor, and to be seen only in moonless nights by him. Such was that part of creation where I had squatted. . . .” Exerpt from Chpt. 2 of  Walden by Henry David Thoreau

 

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