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Beta Readers: taylor_itkin, Literallymechanical

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Item #: SCP-XXXX Level 2/XXXX
Object Class: Euclid Classified

Walden Pond, Circa 1908.

Special Containment Procedures: Foundation operatives planted in distribution and reception facilities for literature in the state of Massachusetts are to examine all copies of Walden and contain SCP-XXXX prior to shelving, preferably through the discrete removal of pages containing SCP-XXXX. Agents exposed to SCP-XXXX in this manner are to keep a dream journal for a period of six months, or until dreams caused by SCP-XXXX stop occurring for at least two weeks.

Description: SCP-XXXX consists of three pages of anomalous text appearing in approximately half of all editions of Henry David Thoreau's Walden1 that are sold within the Massachusetts Bay Area, including Boston, Salem, Lexington, Concord, and the gift shop at the Walden Pond Visitor's Center. SCP-XXXX typically appears as a foreword or afterword, but has also taken the form of a note from the publisher.

The content of SCP-XXXX is critical of the life and work of Henry David Thoreau, and appears to be written by an individual or individuals that knew of intimate details of their life not present historical documents. The exact phrasing of SCP-XXXX varies, but it is identifiable by the inclusion of the following portion:

Hypocrite, hack, inspiration, saint, visionary, abolitionist, misanthrope, overrated, simple-minded, and several other phrases have been used to describe Thoreau and his work. The damage he has done to Walden Pond is immeasurable. I aim to correct that.

Individuals who read SCP-XXXX will have dreams depicting scenes and actions related to Thoreau, as viewed from an exterior perspective. These scenes and actions do not necessarily correspond to Thoreau's actual life experience, and seem to be largely allegorical or metaphorical.

Excerpts of the dream journal of Oneiroilogist William Applegate, who voluntarily exposed themselves to SCP-XXXX, follow:

Despite being known to the Foundation for over fifty years, there have been less than sixty reported instances of SCP-XXXX. Foundation scholars believe that this is due to the fact that, despite the fact that several thousand copies of Walden are sold in the Massachusetts Bay area each year, less than 1% of them are ever read.

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