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A Study in Parallel Subordinate Clause Fragments
From Classic Americans: A Study of Eminent American Writers from Irving to Whitman, by Henry Seidel Canby, N.Y.: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1931. 193-194.
There are two Thoreaus, the Thoreau of want and the Thoreau of ought. What
he consistently wanted, was to follow his own bent and belief and live in terms of
closest intimacy with wild nature. Not because nature contained implications of the
Deity and ultimate truth, although this he believed. Not because he was a
Transcendentalist, although he observed transcendentally. But because to live in
such intimacy was what he instinctively loved ("There is in my nature, methinks,
a singular yearning toward all wildness") and, still more, because, in the
Emersonian sense, he felt himself in tune with the universe when he was in the
fields and the woods.