This passage reveals the lasting influence of Thoreau on Miles' transcendental philosophy and her literary style. In Walden a Nighthawk inspires a similar meditation upon the universal kinship in Nature: "The nighthawk circled overhead in the sunny afternoons . . . falling from time to time with a swoop and a sound as if the heavens were rent . . . ; small imps that fill the air and lay their eggs on the ground on bare sand or rocks on the tops of hills, where few have found them; graceful and slender like ripples caught up from the pond, as leaves are raised by the wind to float in the heavens; such kindredship is in nature. The hawk is the aerial brother of the wave he sails over and surveys" (144-5).