“The pork was delicious and almost crisp. Fred gave me a potato with it, and a pitcher of melted grease from the frying pan to pour over the potato. He also handed me a loaf of bread and a dish of margarine, saying, “Here’s your bread. You can have one piece or two. Whatever you want.”
Fred apologized for not having a phone, after I asked where I would have to go make a call, later on. He said, “I don’t have no phone because I don’t have no electric. If I had electric, I would have had a phone in here a long time ago.” He uses a kerosene lamp, a propane lamp, and two flashlights.
He asked where I was going, and I said that I had no particular destination, explaining that I was in the pines because I found it hard to believe that so much unbroken forest could still exist so near the big Eastern cities, and I wanted to see while it was still there.”
- John McPhee, The Pine Barrens