a present moment of comfortable reality

chong lee

Senior Member
türkçe
#1
Hi,
The quote is from The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy.

What does "a present moment of comfortable reality" mean exactly that it worths a decade of memories?

Thanks

Here in front of him was a wild mallard—just arrived from the home of the north wind. The creature brought within him an amplitude of Northern knowledge. Glacial catastrophes, snowstorm episodes, glittering auroral effects, Polaris in the zenith, Franklin underfoot—the category of his commonplaces was wonderful. But the bird, like many other philosophers, seemed as he looked at the reddleman to think that a present moment of comfortable reality was worth a decade of memories.
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    #4
    A duck is probably not a real philosopher - but here, this duck is described as having a great deal of knowledge. It's figurative, not literal.
     

    chong lee

    Senior Member
    türkçe
    #5
    So do I have to understand "for many other philosophers a present moment of comfortable reality was worth a decade of memories"?
     
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