Finck's turn of the century book Webs collects a series of short Emersonian musings on general or abstract topics, including "Gentleness," "The Door to Dreams," and "Sympathy." Many are allegorical; the majority are a single paragraph. The last section, however, is the longest at six pages composed of a random assortment of jumbled thoughts under the headline "Scraps from a Philosopher's Notebook." Most include some kind of moral lesson or other teaching, often based on piety. Reading several of them surely gives the reader an understanding why he was considered a "prose pastelist." This one is titled "The Book-Shop":
Truth glides in and out of the place, beside quivering aspirations, dying hopes, triumphant art, notoriety crowned for the day; lifetime labors rewarded with a few printed words; among frauds, idlers, dreamers, strong and weak men of the world; freaks, eager watchers for the dawn of better days; mystic teachers; musing students; greedy devourers of poisonous trash; successful fools; despondent geniuses; heroes, cowards, and messengers of fate.
At once a school and playground, this; a refuge and exhibition of men's minds; a throne-room of victory; a tomb for wrecked dreams; a court where the cries of the wronged can be heard, and the scattered myriads of human sufferers speak together; a stage where every spirit of thought plays subtle parts with the passions of all the ages—a haunt of both the dead and the living.