the brick bank

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arietenata

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italian
Hi there,

Which one do you think is the right meaning for " the brick bank " in the following text?

" always promising to pay, promising to pay, tomorrow, and dying today, insolvent; seeking to curry favor, to get custom, by how many modes, only not state-prison offenses; lying, flattering, voting, contracting yourselves into a nutshell of civility or dilating into an atmosphere of thin and vaporous generosity, that you may persuade your neighbor to let you make his shoes, or his hat, or his coat, or his carriage, or import his groceries for him; making yourselves sick, that you may lay up something against a sick day, something to be tucked away in an old chest, or in a stocking behind the plastering, or, more safely, in the brick bank; no matter where, no matter how much or how little."
Walden

Does it mean a few bricks or in a real bank ( financial institute) made of bricks?

So many thanks in advance.
 
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