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SYN. Unreal, Wishful, Dubious, Imaginative, Whimsy

Definition: Full of fancy; indulging in fancies;imaginative in a playful way; whimscal

Example:
“I have thus surveyed the country on every side within a dozen miles of where I live. In imagination I have bought all the farms in succession, for all were to be bought, and I knew their price. I walked over each farmer’s premises, tasted his wild apples, discoursed on husbandry with him, took his farm at his price, at any price, mortgaging it to him in my mind; even put a higher price on it,-took everything but a deed of it, -took his word for his deed, for I dearly love to talk,-cultivated it, and him too to some extent, I trust, and withdrew when I had enjoyed it long enough, leaving him to carry it on.”
Walden (Henry David Thoreau)

Explanation:
Within this excerpt, Thoreau clearly illustrates his fanciful tone used to convey his imaginative desire of owing a piece of land. Repeating the term, “price” a lot, exhibits his emphasis upon how money affects the decision of the seller and the buyer, vindicating his whimsy tone, as he imagines himself painting an vivid image of him exchanging prices with the dealer. Thoreau’s desire for manifestation of the entire farms within his area, “In imagination I have bought all the farms in succession” illustrates his determined attitude toward owning every piece of land available to him, because owning land grant power to one, therefore his usage of this fanciful tone helps accentuates his hunger for land. Specific details Thoreau indicates within this excerpt, “I walked over each farmer’s premises, tasted his wild apples…” iterates the inevitable desire Thoreau processes toward owning land. “…a deed of it, -took his word for his deed, for I dearly love to talk,-cultivated it”, displays he indication of dashes, in which Thoreau present himself as a man with the capability of bargaining and buying anything he wants, which as a result illustrates the fanciful tone he uses to depict his determination and crave for land.

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