Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Study Guide Chapter 10, Section 1 Summary & Analysis

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Dillard awakens from a nightmare in which she watches two Luna moths mate. Their eggs then produce fish, which fill her bed. Dillard muses to herself as to why "fecundity" is somewhat repugnant to her. She decides that maybe it is the seemingly wastefulness of nature, which will ultimately claim her own life. Nature is rebounding from the flood with a profusion of growth, life which will all ultimately die. The ultimate demise of life dampens Dillard's optimism about all she has observed at Tinker Creek. Dillard links the concept of "fecundity" with the "pressure of growth," and feels it is an ugly concept, at least in terms of eggs, but not plants. The proliferation of plant life, Dillard believes, does not disturb humans the way an overabundance of insects do. Dillard is amazed at the hardiness of plants...

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