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The air exploded and she stared up into the belly of the plane. Bolts, doors, wheels, red, white, silver, and black, the plane flashed before her eyes. In that instant she saw great cities, bridges, radios, school books. She saw the pink room, long highways, TV sets, telephones, and electric lights. Black exhaust enveloped her, and civilization became this monster that snarled across the sky. (3.138)

The plane is man's ultimate intrusion on the natural world, and it becomes a symbol for everything horrible about civilization. Miyax calls it a "monster," which is a strong word, but hey, if the shoe fits… well, you know what they say.

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