In Shelter Thoreau talks about building his cabin near Walden pond. He first starts by cutting the lumber; white pine. He talks about cutting the raw wood in to planks for the walls and roof, and how he, for the roof tiles only made one side flat so that he could achieve as much strength as possible. he described how he had to borrow an axe from his friend, and how he would talk to all the strangers walking in the park who would curiously ask why he was chopping down trees. as he would answer, to build my house. He argues that, in a sense, the house enslaves the owner. People will go in to serious debt to buy a the biggest/ most luxurious/ best located house that they can. I agree with him on many of his points regarding buying a house and making that a greater financial priority than food and other necessities. I think that Thoreau is very cut and dry in his delivery of this point of view and I think that it matches these chapters well. All in all this was one of my favorite chapters because his arrogance is masked in a whole lot of truth.