This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
The Canadian Woodchopper - This character does his work in Walden Woods, and he and Thoreau often visit. He is a big, strong, good-natured man who works hard and is content with his life, although he makes little money.
James Collins - This character is an Irishman who works for the railroad and lives in a shanty near where Thoreau builds his cabin. Thoreau buys this character's shanty for $4.25 and disassembles it to use the boards and nails in his cabin.
John Field - This character is an Irishman who lives with...
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