Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Study Guide Chapter 6, Section 1 Summary & Analysis

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Dillard opens this chapter, "The Present," with the final five words of the previous chapter: "catch it if you can." It is early March, and Dillard has been driving all day. She stops at a service station, where there are no other customers at the moment. Dillard imagines it is a Brigadoon. The attendant offers Dillard a free cup of coffee. She sips, as she pets the attendant's beagle puppy. Dillard looks around her in a three hundred and sixty degree circle. The sun is setting, and the light creates strange images of shadow and color on the mountain. Dillard thinks to herself that this is now, the present. The second she thinks this, she ceases to truly see the mountain or feel the puppy. She thinks that it is ironic that what separates humans from their creator is the same...

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