Henry David Thoreau

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An Irishman and neighbor of Thoreau's living at Baker Farm. Once, in a rainstorm, Thoreau retreats into a hut for shelter and finds John and his family there. John complains about how hard he works, but when Thoreau tells him it is possible to work less and live a better life, John demurs, not seeing any other way to exist. Thoreau describes John as honest but unambitious.
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...says, it began to rain, so he went into the nearest hut, where he found John Field , an Irishman, and his family waiting out the storm. Thoreau describes John as honest... (full context)