To exemplify that nature evokes happiness even if a person were to be under the worst imaginable circumstances, he states, “In the presence of nature a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows. ” Of course, his enjoyment is expressed when he writes, "Crossing a bare common [park or grassy square], in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear. " The strong imagery that he portrays with the puddles and clouded sky brings the reader closer to the image of nature that Emerson saw.
Emerson elucidates to the fact that adults and children have very different views of the sun even though it is the same for both. He writes, “Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. ” Emerson gives the reader the understanding that their connection with nature is lost on their road to adulthood. However, children admire and enjoy the sun, seeing it in a different light than that with which adults see it.
This is demonstrated when he says, “The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. ” On the whole, Emerson’s love of nature is overwhelmingly exposed in this passage. In the end, he underscores the unbroken connection between humankind and nature by writing, "The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse [communication] with heaven and earth becomes part of his daily food. "