In the next chapter about shelter Thoreau is saying almost the same about clothes and how he acknowledges that although shelter is necessary, you do not need a mansion to live in. As long as you have the basics you are ok. I think that shelter is one of the easiest ways to show you money. If you think about it, houses are on a road that anybody can drive down and see. They also have a big difference compared to their price. Your can tell how much a house is worth easily by looking at the size, big is more and small is less, it is that simple. So if you have a big house everybody knows that you have money. I agree with thoreau on this one by saying that you don't need more than the standards of living but the standards have changed. What used to be a mansion is now a hut so as long as you have this new standard that we are used to you do not need more. Every page of "Walden has been a thought provoking experience and I hope that it will continue.