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"Old and crumbling, the squat-built adobe mission of El Tordo sits in a hollow high up near the snow-capped Truchas. A few clay houses huddle close to it like tawny chicks about a ruffled old hen. On one of the steep slopes, which has the peaks for the background, sleeps the ancient graveyard with all its inhabitants, or what little is left of them."
Fray Angelico Chavez
The Short Stories of Fray Angelico Chavez
ed. Genaro M. Padilla
University of New Mexico Press, 1987