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What is the significance of the following characterization? thus reserved and austere, like a hermit in the woods, so long, it has acquired such wonderful purity.


The quote is characterizing life in the woods and next to Walden's Pond.


The quote appears to be characterizing Thoreau's view of himself but, in fact, ​it is characterizing the pond.


The quote is a reference to Thoreau's father who appears in the middle of the text.


The quote is Thoreau's depiction of the Canadian woodchopper.


The quote is referring to Emerson who owns the land Thoreau is living on.

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