Can someone help by paraphrasing this sentence from Thoreau's Walden:

Think, also, of the ladies of the land weaving toilet cushions against the last day, not to betray too green an interest in their fates! As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

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    Likely Thoreau was using green in its sense of naive, here.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 2, 2015 at 19:12
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    Or perhaps lively? Meaning, not wanting to seem too interested?
    – Holly
    Oct 2, 2015 at 20:13
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    Just tagging along here, nice to see @DanBron again after he kindly answered a Walden question yesterday :D Jul 3, 2016 at 15:55

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Oxford has an interesting alternate definition for green.

Still strong or vigorous: first there was green old age, hardly different from middle age

See definition 3.5

It seems like it might be synonymous with keen.

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