Academic journal article Chicago Review

An Unsuccessful Pilgrimage, Oh, to A Particular Place

Academic journal article Chicago Review

An Unsuccessful Pilgrimage, Oh, to A Particular Place

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Through the woods, thick mud (it rained a little while before), along the roadside, once again, the same road,

turning our backs to the road sign with

the name of the town (in which I was yet to spend many

days more) I climbed up the hill to higher regions,

which isn't to say they were high: by any decent mountain standards it was nothing but a mound compared to, with all due respect, the features of Morskie Oko. I sat down in an arbor.

The remains of an excavation. Fitfully cheerful information on

tiny rectangles: "Magic Abode," "Swindlers' Den," (smoke + fire,

the soothsayer's

bloodshot eyes), "Sanctuary" and finally: "Church," "The Poor Friars," in this way they

seized the inheritance of generations. A neophyte range

erupted here. I tallied the hours.

My ear sadly attempting to catch whether the leaves weren't whispering news of a rout (in those days I was

pretty faint-hearted, but I'm not anymore), or if it wasn't the signal for retreat. …

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