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"The wasps came by thousands to my lodge in October, as to winter quarters, and settled on my windows within and on the walls overhead, sometimes deterring visitors from entering. Each morning, when they were numbed by cold, I swept some of them out, but I did not trouble myself much to get rid of them; I even felt complimented by their regarding my house as a desirable shelter. They never molested me seriously, though they bedded with me." (ch. 13 - 3)

In this paragraph Thoreau does seem very pompous (as we discussed in class). After re-reading though, I wonder if he meant to come off as cocky as he does, or was he trying to laugh at his accommodations and make a sarcastic joke at his own expense? He does begin the paragraph with what any reader would assume to be an exaggeration, as the wasps "came by the thousands." So the chances of the tone being more sarcastic regarding the quality of the lodge in which he is living are fairly good.

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