reading the surface of the world as a "a gigantic and hideous ruin ... a broke and confused heap of bodies".
feeling offended by the ugliness of the mountains, burnet sees as wrinkles, scars and fractures.
the earth as an aged face, with cracks and traumas and concussions.
reading landscapes symbolically, like a detective, looking for signs and hints of a time and paradise lost.
making sense of structures beyond sense.
a theory of the WORLD.