The Good Life, Chapters One through Three
• The Nearings point out their reasons for choosing to live the simple life.
• Several questions were posed before making the final step including whether age was a factor and if it was possible to make a living.
• They wondered if they would come to feel that the farm work was just another form of "drudgery."
• Escaping life was not the goal. Living life to the fullest was the goal.
• The goal was to be able to make a living and to have leisure time.
• The Nearings chose to live in New England because the land was pretty, and they liked the change of the seasons.
• The Nearings found a "run-down farm" in Winhall, Vermont known as the Ellonen Place.
• The Nearings continued to live in the city and work at their jobs but finally made the move to Vermont year-round.
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