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Although it never was published during her lifetime, Jeannette included it in her remembrance of her mother, The Lady of the Limberlost. One can only wonder at the effect on her audience of Gene's adulation of such a colorful character, for she did not go about her remarks delicately. " He liked to stretch his body on the greensward in the sun with the winds of heaven to fan him, and to be of the earth, earthy. He simply would not be confined; the world was his stage; he would travel it. . He was the most democratic man that ever lived; his life stands to prove it.

I vividly recall one day at a lake near Silver Lake, in northern Indiana, when I entered the water shortly before nine o'clock in the morning and did not leave it until half past four in the afternoon. Field work provided her a way into the woods and a way out of her role as a Midwestern wife and mother, although her work was always to some extent influenced by a sentimental view of nature seen through the lace curtains of a drawing-room window. Many of her photographs, particularly in Music of the Wild, are of dirt roads winding into the woods.

I vividly recall one day at a lake near Silver Lake, in northern Indiana, when I entered the water shortly before nine o'clock in the morning and did not leave it until half past four in the afternoon. Field work provided her a way into the woods and a way out of her role as a Midwestern wife and mother, although her work was always to some extent influenced by a sentimental view of nature seen through the lace curtains of a drawing-room window. Many of her photographs, particularly in Music of the Wild, are of dirt roads winding into the woods.

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