The prose style of Silent Spring is rational and straightforward, but a deep emotional involvement permeates every page of this factual, scientific text. Occasionally an arresting figurative comparison explodes to underscore the emotional intensity of this work. For example, “This system, however—deliberately poisoning our food, then policing the result—is too reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s White Knight who thought of ‘a plan to dye one’s whiskers green, and always use so large a fan that they could not be seen.’” In our consumption of poisonous substances, says Carson, “we are in little better position than the guests of the Borgias.”
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The pesticide industry reacted with a massive campaign to damage the reputation of Carson and her findings. Firmly and gently, she spent the next two years educating the public at large. "I think we are challenged as mankind has never been challenged before," she once said, "to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves." She died on April, 14, 1964, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Though her work was just beginning at the time of her death, through her pen Carson opened the eyes of a nation and inspired environmental activism in a country that was rapidly losing its own natural resources.