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Walden; Or, Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau, 1910

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden; Or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. Xroads.virginia.edu. University of Virginia American Studies, Oct. 1998. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

The phrases “I say” (line 42) and “I assure you” (line 81), used to address the reader, emphasize the author’s

A

hostility and provocation.

B

sophistication and erudition.

C

isolation and indifference.

D

poise and confidence.

E

insecurity and anxiety.