Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Study Guide Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

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Dillard opens Chapter two with an anecdote about hiding pennies when she was a child. She would find some unlikely spot somewhere close to her home, hide the penny, and then use chalk to point the path to the hidden coin. When she learned to write, she would add a note to the arrow saying that money is ahead, or a surprise can be found if one follows the arrow.

This chapter is a treatise on "seeing." Dillard suggests that if a person is so poor that finding a penny is cause for true celebration, then that person will have the opportunity for frequent celebrations, since pennies are so often lying around. With indifference, nature hides wonders from the eye, and the ability to see such wonders is a gift. Dillard describes walking towards a tree from which the sound of numerous bird calls is...

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