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By Richard Yates

Robert Prentice is eighteen. His mom, Alice Prentice,is fifty three. either are broken souls: Robert, by means of warfare; Alice, via thwarted desires of prosperity.

In deeply humanizing graphics, the good American author Richard Yates crafts a unique of postwar the United States, right now at odds with its personal experience of identification and mercilessly prohibitive to its like-minded voters.

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To him bathing means sensuous luxury: "To feel the wind blow on your body, the water flow on you and lave you, is a rare physical enjoyment" (X, 207). The effect is heightened because he feels in touch with the rest of nature too: a muskrat uses the same "tub," and a leaping fish dimples the surface of his bath water. Another satisfaction which stems from bathing is the sensation which must follow: Thoreau rejoices to be wet so that he might be dried. Thus when he comes to a river while out hiking, he walks through, is dried by the sun and wind on the other side, and continues on.

XIV, 115). Of course, his spiritual substance is this very thing, and it is fitting, then, that in the season where the coolest "color" of all predominates—winter with its whiteness when "the waters become solid and ma[k]e a sky below" (XIII, 141) —he plumbs the depths of Walden Pond and, symbolically, the depths of his own soul. Curiously enough, when he envisions the color of his soul in A 18 Week, it is not white but a "bright invisible green" (I, 250). "Invisible" does suggest an absence of color, as in white, but he has named a tint which also can be part of either the warm or cool spectra.

XVI, 262-263). And a stormy day to him is "cheerful" (X, 318) because that is how he himself feels when he is "weather-beaten" (XVIII, 26). He 10 feels exuberant also because of what can be perceived then: "A life of fair-weather walks might never show you the goose sailing over our waters, or the great heron feeding here" (IX, 444). As individual days are rich in sensuous esperiences, so are individual seasons, not just the summertime when it is luxurious to stand immersed in a swamp. True, Thoreau says that he tends to lay up a stock of sensations in summer as a squirrel does nuts, but he wishes to imbibe whatever nutriment each season has for him.

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