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Unformatted text preview: Latour ponders that the mesa meant to the Indians what the Catholic church means to its followers: "hope of all suffering and tormented creatures@ safety." He compares the mesa to Christ's disciple Peter, who is the rock upon whom the Catholic Church is built. He ponders further that the Israelites of the Old Testament considered "their rock was an idea of God, the only thing their conquerors could not take from them." For the Indians, the rock is a literal sanctuary. For Catholics and Jews, sanctuary is to be found in spiritual faith. 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 represents the corruption that Latour will need to defeat....
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- Fall '11