Such silence and stillness and repose -- immortal repose. That village sat looking down into the canyon with the calmness of eternity . . .

I had come upon the city of some extinct civilization, hidden away in this inaccessible mesa for centuries, preserved in the dry air and almost perpetual sunlight like a fly in amber, guarded by the cliffs and the river and the desert.

--WILLA CATHER

 

 

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