Excerpt from Pan in the Parlour
In the summer morning's light, the sky had the crystal clear depth of infinity; a sky that was an exclu sive atmospheric gift to Australia. From the station heights it showed them the township of Quittagong defined with the nai'vete of an old map; trees and tin roofs, a few church spires, a town hall tower, the mild facades of small town shops, a silver streak of river, lost in a shimmer of light where it turned east across the old diggings, ghosted by derelict poppet heads and crumbling heaps of mullock. Peace was its motive, and it irritated Quaritch, who required to have his own vitality ﬂattered by an active bustle of affairs.
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