Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Study Guide Chapter 6, Section 2 Summary & Analysis

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Section two opens with Dillard sitting under a sycamore tree by Tinker Creek in early spring. Dillard wants to be present in the moment. She realizes that sometimes she feels that she is in a dream and wakes suddenly to the present and cannot recall the dream. Dillard contemplates the relationship of trees to the now. Dillard believes trees ground all creatures. She thinks that if there were only one tree in the world, all creatures would travel to touch it in order to feel secure.

Dillard remembers reading that Xerxes stopped the advance of his entire army for a few days in order to meditate on the beauty of a sycamore tree. The sycamore animates Dillard. She recalls that as a child in Pittsburgh, there are sycamores on the streets in her neighborhood. Dillard wonders how sycamores can thrive both in the pollution of...

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