In the next chapter, Thoreau shows the same views for shelter as he did clothes. He does believe that shelter is necessary, but one need not own a mansion. A humble abode will do just fine. Thoreau believes that having an unnecessarily large house is like boasting you wealth, and showing it off to to whomever may see it. In these chapters, the author displays his thoughts on the exceedingly large and expensive material possessions which people pride themselves in. Thoreau insists that nothing but the bare necessary is needed.