National Affairs: Old Man Evans

The growth of cities was a slow change, once. Generations lived and died and the wolves looked down from the hills at night, at the closed gates of the city and its lighted houses or dark streets. Armies rode out and returned, victorious or defeated; plagues descended, disappeared; a king died or a traveler came from far away; gods were discovered and forgotten and the people in the city lived in the same houses, the wolves still stood on the hills at night, looking at the same city, the same walls. Cities are built more quickly now, without walls, in...