The Wilderness - Francis Parkman

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To him who has once tasted the reckless independence which the forest life engenders, civilization thenceforth seems flat and stale. Its pleasures are insipid, its conventionalities, duties and mutual dependence alike tedious and disgusting. The wilderness has charms more potent in their seductive influence than all the lures of luxury and sloth. And often he on whom it has cast its magic finds no heart to dissolve the spell, and remains a wanderer and an Ishmaelite to the hour of his death.

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