* The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a stream of consciousness journey through the natural world around Tinker Creek.
* Dillard offers a no-holds-barred look at both the beauty and the ugliness of the natural world.
* Dillard opens this first chapter remembering an old tomcat that she used to have.
* The cat often jumps in through the open window and climbs on Dillard's chest to get her attention.
* The old tom usually smells of blood and urine and leaves rose-shaped paw prints on her nightgown.
* Dillard thinks of the creek as an anchor that keeps her steady in the current of life.
* She visualizes the creek as an active mystery, while the mountains around her are passive mysteries.
* Dillard makes a pilgrimage to the island that bisects Tinker Creek every month.
* Dillard decides that beauty and grace occurs in nature, regardless of whether a human is there to witness...
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