Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Study Guide Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis

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The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is, on the surface, a stream of consciousness journey through the natural world around Tinker Creek, the author's home. This book alternately uplifts and depresses the sensitive reader, as Dillard offers a no-holds-barred look at both the beauty and the ugliness of the natural world. Underneath the surface discussions of how a multitude of plants, animals, and insects survive and procreate, though, is a mysticism and spirituality that Dillard dives into in order to understand her place in this seemingly paradoxical 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. As Dillard stands before the mirror, still slightly muddled from sleep...

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