Monday, December 22, 2014


A Child of Nature

Bradford Torrey (1843-1912), "December Out-of-Doors," The Foot-Path Way (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1892), pp. 36-66 (at 40):
It was good, I thought, to see so many people out-of-doors. Most of them had employment in the shops, probably, and on grounds of simple economy, so called, would have been wiser to have stuck to their lasts. But man, after all that civilization has done for him (and against him), remains at heart a child of nature. His ancestors may have been shoemakers for fifty generations, but none the less he feels an impulse now and then to quit his bench and go hunting, though it be only for a mess of clams.

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