What is he talking about here? Is he just observing shipping, or waiting for a ship to break up so he can take some of the cargo, or what?
Oops! I meant the seventh part.
Feb 21, 2007 7:06 pm
I am really liking this book. The author certainly makes me think about the relative extravagance of my own life.
Aug 16, 2007 12:07 am
I'm not sure why he is using the metaphor of controlling every aspect of a shipping company. I don't know what he is trying to represent. I'm gonna go read part 8 and maybe that will clarify things.
May 18, 2008 11:24 am
yes, you are right. Thoreau used a metaphor in describing life is like controlling a shipping company. in life, you should have a destination (a purpose), you should know where to start, you should know what you can do, what you must learn in order to achieve your goals. just like in shipping as thoreau stated, that in shipping navigation, updating the chart and maps are a must. Like in shipping company, life is also a journey, a voyage that full of storm and thunder, and you may "strand your vessell" or sink to the bottom of the sea, if you can't read "map" and use "compass" .
Apr 30, 2009 2:43 am