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Quotation by Henry David Thoreau
These beginnings of commerce on a lake in the wilderness are very interesting,—these larger white birds that come to keep company with the gulls.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Chesuncook" (1858) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 100, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
Thoreau's metaphor for the half-civilized nature of this state rests upon the presence of sailboats as well as steamers on the lake.
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