While many people pass the structure that resembles a silo daily, the majority of those people are guilty of continuing past this structure in front of Barre Hall (an agricultural building) without a second thought as to why it might be there. The few people who scrutinize the structure will find a bronze plate on the floor inside. The plate reads "Ref P211.T45 Cooper."
I assumed this plate was redirecting me to Cooper Library to find a book. I was anxious to locate this secret book considering the mystery that surrounded it. My anticipation heightened as I hurried to find the book, but after analyzing the book, the expectation I had created was far off. The book consisted of signatures, quotes, and memoirs from Clemson graduate's life throughout their time in school. While the book was fascinating, my preconceived idea of the book was something more than what I saw.
After researching P211.T45, David Tillinghast's true intentions behind the bronze plate linked to the secret book were revealed. He describes the structure which ultimately directs one to the book located in the library as a link between writing and agriculture which both "intend to collect and organize" (Tillinghast.) He continues to create a metaphor and associates the link between agriculture and writing as a link between nature and culture. His depiction of wild weeds mirrors chaos and abandonment in society. "They represent something wild and uncontrollable, the opposite of what agriculture sets out to do." Inevitably, nature will do what it wants. The closing of the pages is a metaphor for agriculture/ culture coming together with writing/ nature. Tillinghast's concept of relating these ideas and concepts employs logos, making you think and draw parallels on a deeper level than just seeing the two objects as a book and a plate.
With the student's "vandalism" of the book, it has grown to represent more than simply the relationship between agriculture and writing. The book has become a from of invention for those who write in it. It is a way for them to express themselves, who they are, or their memories at Clemson. The book has become a means for people to say how they feel revealing their emotions. This tactic uses pathos to invite the readers to empathize with the author.