Thursday, December 2, 2021

the last book I ever read (Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, excerpt eleven)

from Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather:

It was the month of Mary and the month of May. Father Vaillant was lying on an army cot, covered with blankets, under the grape arbour in the garden, watching the Bishop and his gardener at work in the vegetable plots. The apple trees were in blossom, the cherry blooms had gone by. The air and the earth interpenetrated in the warm gusts of spring; the soil was full of sunlight, and the sunlight full of red dust. The air one breathed was saturated with earthy smells, and the grass under foot had a reflection of a blue sky in it.

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