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OTTW: In the American Grain

From In the American Grain, an impressionistic historical work of startling beauty by William Carlos Williams. On the destruction of Tenochtitlan:

Streets, public squares, markets, temples, palaces, the city spread its dark life upon the earth of a new world, rooted there, sensitive to its richest beauty, but so completely removed from those foreign contacts which harden and protect, that at the very breath of conquest it vanished.

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