Thoreau Ch.2 and 4

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"Their train of clouds stretching far behind and rising higher and higher, going to heaven while the cars are going to Boston, conceals the sun for a minute and casts my distant field into the shade, a celestial train beside which the petty train of cars which hugs the earth is but the barb of the spear."

Throughout both chapters 2 and 4 (more so in 4) Thoreau is very critical of the technologically advanced world that is, much to his chagrin, growing quite rapidly around him.  As men become lazier and more reliant and dependent on their convenient ways rather than on the sweat of their own brow and the strength of their own backs Thoreau takes notice and I felt this quote was one (of many) good examples of his disdain in regard to it.  He describes that train as a spear which savagely cuts through the natural world around as it pollutes the skies blotting out the sun all in the name of  indifferent careless lazy convenience.

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