The pitch of the Corbury road, below lawyer Varnum’s spruces, was the favourite coasting-ground of Starkfield, and on clear evenings the church corner rang till late with the shouts of the coasters; but to-night not a sled darkened the whiteness of the long declivity.
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One Heart Breaking "There is a passion for declivity in this world," Tennessee Williams has one of his characters say in Comino Real. The ultimate declivity is death. But the pain that accompanies this descent in Williams’ plays is a sense of what is lost during the journey—honor, gentleness, tenderness, brotherhood, the ability to love, or even communicate with, another human being.
One Heart Breaking, Time Magazine, 1/19/70 -- http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,878685,00.html(retrieved 08/15/09)
Physical declivity takes her from a cane to a walker to a wheelchair.