On this reading, you can tell that the author, Henry David Thoreau, is a very sophisticated writer. His journal uses many fancy words that are quite confusing. On page 170 of Thoreau�s journal it said," It will be grass- Ground River as long as grass grows and water runs here; it will be Condor River only while men lead peaceable lives on its banks." Now what I did was separate the difficult words from the easy words and try to figure out what the whole passage meant. Once I figured out what it meant, I found out that there would be long live rivers and beauty on the world as long as all the men keep their power on track. "The shore is more flat on the way- side land, and this town is the greatest loser by the flood.� This time I broke up the one whole sentence into two sentences that still expresses the same idea. In the middle of the quote, they would split apart. On the first sentence that I broke up, I believe that it meant that the shore is calm and has a relaxing breeze on the side of the land. Then on the next sentence, I got that the town is the matter that gets harmed. I believe this because on the second sentence of the quote it says that the town is loser because of the floods, and on the first sentence, it said that the water is calm and peaceful. When I put both sentences together and both my explanation, I got that the shore starts out calm and peaceful but then it gets angry and becomes a flood that destroys the towns.