Quotation by D.H. Lawrence

The Spirit of Place [does not] exert its full influence upon a newcomer until the old inhabitant is dead or absorbed. So America.... The moment the last nuclei of Red [Indian] life break up in America, then the white men will have to reckon with the full force of the demon of the continent.
D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885–1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer in 1923. "The Spirit of Place," Studies in Classic American Literature, ch. 1, Doubleday (1959).
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