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Commerce is unexpectedly confident and serene alert adventurous and unwearied 84Through the personification of commerce Thoreau is able to show that commercefluctuates in the same manner as humanity The adjectives he uses to describe commerceshow that commerce has some of the same tendencies as humans and Thoreau believesthat it is these tendencies that make commerce so successfulwho keeps himself more secret than ever did Goffe or Whalley 96Thoreau is making a historical allusion to William Goffe and Edward Whalley whowere English regicides during the English civil war They were signers of the deathwarrant for Charles I then after his Restoration in 1660 they fled to America for a life ofseclusion in Hadley Massachusetts The use of this allusion contributes to Thoreaus stylebecause it expresses the remarkable secrecy and remoteness of the old settlers life Thisalso shows the contrasts in this man because Thoreau says he is most wise andhumorous 96 but also discusses his almost anti-social tendenciesspeech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing 98In this hyperbole Thoreau is exaggerating his proposition that silence and space areeffective tools for communication Thoreau believes that big thoughts in big words 98have to run a course or two98 before comprehension is truly possible For Thoreauthe best conversations travel through space and silence The exaggeration that speech is aconvenience for the hard of hearing is a hyperbole because that would be an impossiblesituation He uses this hyperbole to show that humanity places too much emphasis onspeech For Thoreau speech is more important to those who are hard of hearing thansilence will ever be to the average personperhaps my body would find its way home if its master should forsake it 117Thoreau uses the word master as a substitute for the word I Masterlogically connects to Thoreaus mind or intuition Thoreau has no difficulty using theword I in other parts of Walden but he uses master here because in this situation hismind is separate
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