"There is some of the same fitness in a man's building his own house that there is in a bird's building its own nest."
The Experiment takes a step back. Instead of writing from his position in the woods, Thoreau uses a more narrative style of writing to show how he got there. Unlike the other sections, The Experiment was less of a analytical view of society, and more about himself. This was a surprise to me, for I have become accustomed to his observance of others. Still, I found speculation within the writing. Something that caught my attention was the way he compared his own experiences to that of the rest of the the land. The pleasure of building his own house had made him question why other people wouldn't do it themselves, "Shall we forever resign the pleasure of construction to the carpenter?". Almost like bragging, he says that the most interesting dwellings are "the most unpretending, humble log huts and cottages of the poor commonly;" But this was a not a surprise for me; it would have been strange to criticize the way of life of the common man if he was the same way, wouldn't it?. There was one sentence that did catch me off guard though, after asking why citizens wouldn't construct their own houses, he says, 'We belong to the community." This was abnormal to read, for most of Thoreau's writing had been from a third person view, separating himself from others. Thoreau goes on to show the exact price of his home, almost like a receipt. As he says, "I give the details because very few are able to tell exactly what their houses cost,". This made me appreciate how little one can live off of happily. Besides the price, it really shows that Thoreau wanted to live down to the essentials. For me, this enhances my reading experience even more than it already has.