Could anyone please help me understand what 'images in the mind' and 'thoughts of the spirit' mean? What does 'the mind' refer to? Also, what does 'the spirit' refer to? Thanks as always.
(Oh, if the excerpt is too long, I'll chop and change it to have it meet the rules here. Please let me know. Thanks)


This was a worker's world, not a poet's, and people would have a hard time understanding Noah. America was in full swing now, all the papers said so, and people were rushing forward, leaving behind the horrors of war. She understood the reasons, but they were rushing, like Lon, toward long hours and profits, neglecting the things that brought beauty to the world.

Who did she know in Raleigh who took time off to fix a house? Or read Whitman or Eliot, finding images in the mind, thoughts of the spirit? Or hunted dawn from the bow of a canoe? These weren't the things that drove society, but she felt they shouldn't be treated as unimportant.
(source: Notebook by Nicholas Sparks)
The extract length is fine, Hiro.

I see nothing unusual in the meanings of any of the words image, mind, thought or spirit. Whitman and Eliot, two well-known poets, create images for our minds and thoughts for our spirits, that is all.
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1) In this passage, whose mind is it, and whose spirit is it? Noah's? general readers'?

2) What does 'spirit' mean in this? Mind?

Thanks, MM, for your help.

1-- The readers
2-- 'the soul or heart as the seat of feelings or sentiments, or as prompting to action: a man of broken spirit.'