Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Study Guide Chapter 8, Section 2 Summary & Analysis

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Dillard is content not to learn the names of all the flora and fauna of the Tinker Creek area, but she is determined to understand the significance of each. Dillard writes that before a baby can distinguish objects, it prefers complex designs over simple ones. She believes that in addition to form and texture, time influences beauty. Dillard imagines she is viewing life from a great altitude. She studies various periods of time and imagines what life is like during each one. Dillard says that if you could watch the unfolding through time of every thing that ever existed on Earth, one would see an endless tempest of beauty. She goes on to describe how she would imagine this unfolding would look. She describes the creation of the heavens and Earth, first from the perspective of looking from far away, then zooming way in to...

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