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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 7, Section 1 Summary

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Chapter 7, Section 1 Summary

Spring is in full bloom at Tinker Creek. Dillard relates that when she was young, she believed that foreign languages are referent to English. Basically, she believed that the French word, "oui," means not only "yes," but is also a code for the English word "yes." When Dillard takes her first course in French, she realizes that she will have to learn French word by word, rather than using her imagined code system.

The birds are singing loudly and continuously, especially a mockingbird, which uses the chimney as an amplifier. When Dillard tires of a particular bird's song, she imagines the bird either in the future having returned to matter or far in the evolutionary past as a lizard. This gives her a sense of awe to think of a lizard as singing in her chimney. Dillard writes that...

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