chapter  6
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CULMINATION: THE SARSEN MONUMENT

When you enter the building, whether on foot or horseback, and cast your eyes around the yawning ruins, you are struck into an extatic reverie, which none can describe, and they only can be sensible of it, that feel it. Other buildings fall by piece-meal: but here a single stone is a ruin, and lies like the haughty carcase of Goliath…When we advance farther, the dark part of the ponderous imposts over our heads, the chasm of sky between the jambs of the cell, the odd construction of the whole, and the greatness of every part surprises.