A. Bronson Alcott, His Life and Philosophy - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER IX.

THE CONCORD IDYL RENEWED. — ANTISLAVERY
DAYS.

PAINFUL as the awakening was from the dream of Arcadia at Fruitlands, and deep as Alcott's humiliation in returning to Concord must have been, there were alleviations in the bitter lot. There dwelt his unshaken friend, Emerson, with his young children, of an age to be companionable to the Alcott girls, who were indeed eight or ten years older. There was Thoreau in his cabin at Walden; Hawthorne, in the Old Manse; and Ellery Channing,

"In his small cottage on the lonely hill,
Where like a hermit he must bide his time;"

and thither came not unfrequently Margaret Fuller, or William Henry Channing, or James Lowell, or Wendell Phillips, or James Freeman Clarke; while George Curtis, fresh from the Arcadia of Brook Farm, with his brother Burrill, abode as shepherds on the hills, or labored as swains in

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