In the village passage Thoreau talks about two points that seemed to be linked to greed, or loss of self. The first half of the section describes shop owners who use ruthless or cold tactics to tempt consumers or visitors of said village. Then Thoreau talks about how easy it is to become lost on a path. Which I interpreted to allude to how easy it can be to keep working and moving forward through life without stopping to reevaluate oneself. And in the end Thoreau talks about how he leaves his houses unlocked. I believe the reason why he did this was to show hospitality or empathy for the traveler that found their way there. Also Thoreau spends a few sentences praising his practices.