March 20, 1855

 in Thoreau’s Journal:

It is remarkable by what a gradation of days which we call pleasant and warm, beginning in the last of February, we come at last to real summer warmth. At first a sunny, calm, serene winter day is pronounced spring, or reminds us of it.

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And even the first pleasant spring day, perhaps, we walk with our great-coat buttoned up, and gloves on.

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