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ransparent and colourless.
Seen in its native element, it is a very beautiful and compact fish, perfect in all its parts, and looks like a brilliant coin fresh from the mint.
If the whole book had been of this texture, it would be a classic.
Another element in the book which Thoreau valued slightly those incidental glimpses of a vanished America—will be prized by later generations.
His accounts of the mountain people he discovered, of the girl combing her black hair, of his surly host, Rice, and his strange inn, of the old farmer praying in the dim morning pasture, of the canal boatmen, of the lockmen's house, and the small-voiced but sincere hospitality of the Yankee housewife offering the obsolete refreshment of molasses and ginger, read like pages Irving forgot to put into The sketch Book.
These things are seen with the naturalist's clear grave eyes and recorded in plain words with no attempt at oracular profundity.
For the sake of more such true pictures of reality, how gl