How does Thoreau answer people who say "I should think you would feel lonesome down there, and want to be nearer to folks"

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Thoreau answers this with his usual "beautiful nature is his friend" ideal,

"I was suddenly sensible of such sweet and beneficent society in Nature, in the very pattering of the drops, and in every sound and sight around my house, an infinite and unaccountable friendliness all at once like an atmosphere sustaining me..."