Here he began a fast unto death to stop the communal killing that followed the division of Bengal. Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson judged Thoreau's endorsement of living alone and apart from modern society in natural simplicity to be a mark of "unmanly" effeminacy and "womanish solitude", while deeming him a self-indulgent "skulker". His own religiosity meant that he held all faiths to be equal, stating that they were different paths to the one god and salvation. Familiar letters of Henry David Thoreau. The next day Thoreau was freed when someone, likely to have been his aunt, paid the tax, against his wishes. He had come to South Africa to provide legal advice to Indian businessmen and it was their interests that he identified with. In order to overcome these handicaps Gandhi decided to turn himself into a typical English gentleman.
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The Last Valley Dir. He was not a strict vegetarian, though he said he preferred that diet  and advocated it as a means of self-improvement. This included the famous salt march when he walked miles from Ahmedabad to the coastal town of Dandi with 78 male volunteers. Those struck down fell sprawling, unconscious or writhing in pain with fractured skulls or broken shoulders… The survivors without breaking ranks silently and doggedly marched on until struck down.
Thoreau's journals, which he often mined for his published works but which remained largely unpublished at his death, were first published in and helped to build his modern reputation.