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As soon as I say the word “Concord” to the woman selling rail tickets, I’m terrified that she knows everything about me.
After all, if you don’t have a car of your own, you have to actually tell someone you want to go to Concord before you can get there. With a population of only 17,000, it’s not a destination for anyone to visit casually. You either live there, or you’re going on a pilgrimage.
I was, on that day in 2010, wearing the Kate Beaton shirt that features the three Brontë sisters. I had a notebook. There was only one place I could be headed.
Orchard House is about a mile and a half away from the rail station. You take the Fitchburg/South Acton line, get off, and walk.
I’m nervous that everyone I pass on the road knows everything about me.
You have to pass Emerson’s house before you get to the Alcott home, and I felt like he was watching me from the transcendental beyond and feeling a bit snubbed. Most people I saw on the road were headed towards Orchard House. Gillian Armstrong has yet to make a film about Ralph Waldo Emerson that stars Winona Ryder and Christian Bale....Read More