At some point in the past week, knee deep in articles about psychological muck I remembered that Brook Farmers are… happy. Brook Farmers don’t write about how great it is to be a Fourierist very often. However, they do write about what they do for fun. They throw parties with an hour’s notice! They walk in the woods! They think card games are acceptable! I started going back over all the sources I already have to find out about thethings Brook Farmers did for fun. I’m still doing that. Currently I’m looking through letters from a particularly annoying young man to his father. Mostly he’s asking for money, but he also mentions that he likes farming. Lots of my primaries reveal something similar about how much the author enjoys work. It’s written in the Brook Farm constitution that the members should be allowed to chose work that they enjoy. From what I’m able to tell, that’s one of the most important aspects of the community because it keeps the members enthusiastic. Letters and memoirs from members often mention how much the young people in the community like washing dishes and waiting tables. I’m continuing to look for reasons work in Brook Farm was a type of amusement.