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Emily Ryan English 2020 Thoreau’s Walden , “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” (597-601, 643- 52) 10/22/07 1. Thoreau’s story of buying the farm is meant to be humorous but with a pointed message. Compare his story with the text of “The Story-Telling Stone.” What two philosophies of life did we discuss in “The Story-Telling Stone”? How are they represented in Thoreau’s story and by whom? Which philosophy does Thoreau prefer? Give a quotation with a page number to back up your answer. In “The Story-Telling Stone” the foster mother possessed the philosophies of “the business of living” and the stone had the philosophy of “the life of the mind.” Thoreau shows the “business of living” through the farmers and the people who actually own the farms.” He shows “the life of the mind” in a poet who sits at the farm for inspiration. He says on page 644, “I have frequently seen a poet withdraw, having enjoyed the most valuable part of a farm…the poet has put [the farmer’s] farm
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