说是农场主，其实从他的文字中看，只是请了一个雇工，另外顶多就是利用自己的子女这样的无偿童工，怀特身体力行的时候还是居多，比较辛苦。既然是农场，那么还要看农产品出产指标，以怀特的1942-1943年生产计划为例，他要争取出产100磅羊毛，14只羊，4000打鸡蛋（4万8千枚！），10头猪，150磅鸡肉，9000磅牛奶，另外还有蔬菜、水果等。看来怀特搞的是多种经营，效果也非常好，但是想来也占用了不少时间，写文章反而成了“余事”了，无怪乎怀特一再赞美“业余写作”，不妨看作是他的夫子自道：“I think the best writing is often done by persons who are snatching the time from something else-from an occupation, or from a profession, or from a jail term”。
Yesterday the biggest boy in town tried to enlist in the Navy, but the Navy wouldn't take him. They said he was too tall. He is six feet four and a half inch or about twice the height of a Japanese. Apparently the recruiting officer felt this would give America an Unfair advantage.
I think the best writing is often done by persons who are snatching the time from something else-from an occupation, or from a profession, or from a jail term – something that is either burning them up, as religion, or love, or politics, or that is boring them to tears, as prison, or a brokerage house, or an advertising firm. A great violinist must begin fairly early in life to play the violin; but I think a literary artist has a better chance of producing something great if he spends the first forty years of his life doing something else - grinding a lens or surveying a wilderness.
P266 My cow turned out to be a very large one. The first time I led her out I felt the way I did the first I ever took a girl to the theatre-embarrassed but elated. In both instances the female walked with a firmer step than mine, seemed rather in charge of the affair, and excited me with her sweet scent.