Art: Out of a Book

The war swept past Mont-Saint-Michel last week, but some enraptured U.S. troops stopped to stare. A half century ago another U.S. visitor, Henry Adams, saw the same towering, church-crowned rock in the sea off Avranches, felt the same compulsion. Wrote he in Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres:

"The church stands high on the summit of this granite rock, and on its west front is the platform, to which the tourist ought first to climb. From the edge of the platform, the eye plunges down, two hundred and thirty-five feet, to the wide sands or the...

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