― Robert A. Heinlein
Thoreau writes about living in a small shack that you build can be as satisfying as living in a castle.
An average house in this neighborhood costs perhaps eight hundred dollars, and to lay up this sum will take from ten to fifteen years of the laborer's life, even if he is not encumbered with a family -- estimating the pecuniary value of every man's labor at one dollar a day, for if some receive more, others receive less; -- so that he must have spent more than half his life commonly before his wigwam will be earned. If we suppose him to pay a rent instead, this is but a doubtful choice of evils. Would the savage have been wise to exchange his wigwam for a palace on these terms? (Pg. 18)
This section was not my favorite but by no means did I dislike it. I really did like the idea that building or doing something yourself is more satisfying than somebody else doing it. My only gripe about this section is the fact that it dragged on. I found myself spacing out a couple times. This did lessen my reading experience a bit.
As much as I liked the concept of building a shelter for your own use, this section was neither my favorite nor least favorite. I hope the next couple of sections will be more consistently interesting from start to finish.