How are Sylvia and the stranger similar?  How are they different?  Why did Sylvia not tell the stranger about the heron?

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Sylvia and the stranger are similar in that they both have (or claim to have) a real appreciation for the beauty of nature.  Just as Sylvia has a special appreciation for the birds, so does he.  He tells her grandmother, "'I am making a collection of birds myself.  I have been at it ever since I was a boy.'"  Further, he says that he cannot think of anything he'd like better than to find the white heron.

However, Sylvia and the stranger differ greatly in how they express their appreciation of nature.  For Sylvy, who is often compared to a flower, a move to the country from the city was a permanent once because

Everybody said that it was a good change for a little...

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