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Quote #10

David lowered his voice. "Maybe they didn't want you to realize that every civilization has its weakness. There's always one thing we depend on. And if someone takes it away, all that's left is some story in a history class."

"Not us," she said. "Renewable energy, sustainable resources, a fixed population." (40.59-61)

Both the city and the Smoke seem to have okay relationships with nature in some ways: sure, the city makes everyone pretty and sure, the Smoke cuts down trees. But both believe in renewable resources and other green techniques. Still, David here reminds us: every civilization is fragile. In the long run, always bet on nature.

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