Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Like the Lost Rivers

"We have to remember that all that we do not know about the past is still present in some sense; the unknown past is still rushing beneath our feet. A. N. Wilson, in his short history of London, compared it to the Fleet River, which used to run above ground but is now underneath modern London. As he put it, 'The history is there, hidden like the lost rivers, but in all effective senses it has been obliterated by what London in the last half century has done to itself.'"

Quoted from 5 Cities, xvii.

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