Three people – a returned prisoner of war, his beautiful second wife, and the possessive, hunchbacked spinseter who is his sister-in-law by his first marriage – are isolated in a little house under an extinct volcano.
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watched patino's "mountain in shadow" after this. couldn't help but thinking of how different two mountains appeared: there - people light as feathers, here - people hard as stones. there people fly on their legs, here people drown with their hands. and mountains? they feel the caressing, they hear the scream, they see bodies carelessly roaming like drops of tender rain, and dead bodies they see and silent they
"'Cos what do humans become around here? They just burn out like this mountain that used to be a volcano. And they will all be left with hearts of stone in the end. Hard stones. Cold stones. This is such a dead world. A world of stones."