Which details in the text "A White Heron" show that the main character exhibits a love for nature and values her freedom?

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The young girl, Sylvia, who is protagonist of Sarah Orne Jewett's "A White Heron ," definitely values both nature and her freedom. The story demonstrates how close a bond Sylvia feels with the natural environment around her. The narrator describes Sylvia and her cow as "companions" when Sylvia...

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The young girl, Sylvia, who is protagonist of Sarah Orne Jewett's "A White Heron," definitely values both nature and her freedom. The story demonstrates how close a bond Sylvia feels with the natural environment around her. The narrator describes Sylvia and her cow as "companions" when Sylvia walks her cow back close to home (the cow has wandered into the woods). Sylvia walks bare-footed, physically linking her with the land.

The clearest connection between Sylvia and nature in the story, though, occurs when she sees the white heron late in the story. At a certain point, a huntsman arrives and is looking for the heron. Sylvia must decide whether to reveal the heron's location to the hunter once she spots the bird. She chooses to keep the heron a secret, and the story ends with the narrator lauding that decision since it proves to the inhabitants of the woods that Sylvia is trustworthy and loyal. The narrator writes, "Bring your gifts and graces and tell your secrets to this lonely country child!" to end the story. This encourages the creatures to trust Sylvia because she so highly values the natural world. Further, her choice shows that Sylvia values freedom—that of the bird and of herself—because she, in effect, chooses nature over society when she chooses the heron over the hunter.

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