A masterpiece. "I should not obtrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers if very particular inquiries had not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life". This quote right here, sums up Thoreau's message in chapter one. I am who I am, I do what I want and you cant stop me unless you have a good reason, and almost nothing is considered a good reason. Throughout the first chapter, saying different things that might offend people or get people ticked off, Thoreau tries to either lure you in if you're interested in him, or make you hate him if you don't like his ideas. He keeps coming back to new topic after new topic. Trying and almost willing you to either loathe him or worship him Thoreau is one of the most opinionated writers I have ever come across in my entire life and some of his ideas I agree with and some I don't.For example, Thoreau thinks old people are useless, there not all useless, it completely and utterly depends on the person. Some old people can be wise, could know the meaning of life, and understand and help you with things that you've never seen or heard of before.Whereas in Thoreau's mind, there lost. They can't adapt or change, therefore they are useless. Overall the first chapter of Thoreau really opened my eyes wide, but at the same time really made me not really like this guy who thinks he's the coolest guy around. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the rest of the book shapes out.