Wonderful character this Henry David, he gets excited when he reads of the ‘Land of Grass’ and then comments on how curious this is. The image of a cow reading about the Land of Grass is also delightful. You can imagine it calling its travel agent and booking a one way ticket to Mongolia.
‘I scarcely know why I am excited when, in M. Huc’s book, I read of the country of the Mongol Tartars as the “Land of Grass,” but I am, as much as if I were a cow.’ 28 April 1852
Source: Henry David Thoreau, The Journal 1837-1861, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 130
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