Latour and Jacinto come to the base of the Acoma mesa

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Unformatted text preview: Latour and Jacinto come to the base of the Acoma mesa. They see shelter from a storm under a ledge. The ledge vegetation includes Easter lilies and noxious datura, a poisonous species of nightshade. The lilies represent the goodness of the people of New Mexico, and the datura represents the corruption that Latour will need to defeat. This corruption is embodied by Gallegos thus far in the story, but Latour's run-ins with Fathers Martinez and Lucero and his hearing of the story of Friar Baltazar Montoya are also foreshadowed. Latour notes to himself that the storm blowing over the landscape with sunlight visible in the distance is what Creation might have looked like. Latour celebrates Mass in the old Acoma church, but he feels as though he is ministering to prehistoric creatures. After Mass, he examines the church and wonders how and why it was built so prehistoric creatures....
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.

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