Quote from “East of Eden” page 4

“Once, fifty miles down the valley, my father bored a well.  The drill came up first with topsoil and then with gravel and then with white sea sand full of shells and even pieces of whalebone.  There were twenty feet of sand and then black earth again, and even a piece of redwood, that imperishable wood that does not rot.  Before the inland sea the valley must have been a forest.  And those things had happened right under our feet.  And it seemed to me sometimes at night that I could feel both the sea and the redwood forest before it.”

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