In "A White Heron," what do Sylvia and the young ornithologist have in common?

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Silvia and the young man both seem to love birds. As they walk through the woods together, the two seem to take equal pleasure in the birds they see. However, Sylvia loves birds for their living beauty, and the young man seems to want them only for their rarity and...

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Silvia and the young man both seem to love birds. As they walk through the woods together, the two seem to take equal pleasure in the birds they see. However, Sylvia loves birds for their living beauty, and the young man seems to want them only for their rarity and usefulness to him as trophies. This creates the fundamental conflict in the story. Only Sylvia can lead the young man to the white heron. She loves the new found company of the man and seems somewhat smitten with him. Her family could also use the money he has offered to pay for knowledge of the heron's nesting place. However, Sylvia must decide if her love of nature and the bird are worth what the young man offers. In the end, she decides not to tell the ornithologist where the bird's nest is and thus, decides not to betray nature.

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