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I was started by the loud honking of a goose, and, stepping to the door, heard the sound of their wings like a tempest in the woods as they flew low over my house.

What purpose does the goose serve in this quote found in the chapter "Winter Animals"?


Thoreau is struggling spiritually, and the goose is symbolic of spiritual elevation.


Thoreau is tempted to leave the woods, and the goose is symbolic of the change.


Thoreau is in awe with the beauty of winter, and the goose symbolizes the connection of heaven and earth.


Thoreau is oppressed by loneliness; the goose symbolizes peace and tranquility.


Thoreau is reflective of his choice to live alone, and the goose reminds him of the beauty of Walden.

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