From "A Walk in The Fields" [Leaf and Tendrill]
"There is something to me peculiarly interesting in
stone walls--a kind of rude human expression to them,
suggesting the face of the old farmer himself. How they
climb the hills and sweep through the valleys. They decay
not, yet they grow old and decrepit; little by little
they lose their precision and firmness, they stagger, then
fall. In a still early spring morning or April twilight one
often hears a rattle of stones in a distant field, some bit
of old wall is falling. The lifetime of the best of them is
rarely threescore and ten. The other day, along the highway,
I saw an old man relaying a dilapidated stone wall.
`Fifty-three years ago,' he said, `I laid this wall. When it is
laid again, I shan't have the job.'"
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