9th Grade Fitz English
Money and Work Walden Economy Essay
“But I am wiser than that. I have learned that the swiftest traveller is he that goes afoot.”
Excerpt From: Fitzsimmons, John. “Fitz's Abbreviated Walden 1-4.
Why should you spend time making money for a train when you can just walk to your destination in half the time? In most cases one must work for money, which can be time consuming. It's amazing how people think that taking the train at the end of the day is more efficient than walking at the start of the day and getting to your destination by noon. There is always a chain reaction to spending money, when trying to take the train you first must work for that money which, can be exhausting and laborious. In Walden, Thoreau describes an experience when a friend and him are trying to get to a destination. The friend decides that he will take the train. Thoreau decides he will walk.
"Instead of going to Fitchburg, you will be working here the greater part of the day. And so, if the railroad reached round the world, I think that I should keep ahead of you; and as for seeing the country and getting experience of that kind, I should have to cut your acquaintance altogether.”
Excerpt From: Fitzsimmons, John. “Fitz's Abbreviated Walden 1-4.” iBooks
Thoreau walks through the steps of his friend taking the train. Representing that he will have to work for most of the day to get the money to pay for the train ride. During the time his friend would be working Thoreau will be walking to the destination, and will get there before his friend even finishes his work.