Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Study Guide Chapter 14, Section 3 Summary & Analysis

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Dillard quotes a fifth century Egyptian mystic as saying, "'Go and sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything."' On one of her forays into the woods, Dillard comes upon a rooting acorn. She imagines the acorn could represent one going and sitting in ones cell. She sees the acorn reaching down to be rooted in the earth and unfurling upward with its shoot towards the heavens. Dillard believes that the death of the self is painless. One merely joins the earth. The death is a waiting.

Dillard remembers once seeing migrating Canadian geese fly, speeding across the duck pond. She believes that she has never witnessed such energetic movement. Dillard believes that if she waits patiently with no anticipation of what is to come, when something does come, it will bowl her over. Dillard stands figuratively naked beneath...

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