"The path went through the long forest that bordered the river. As he rode, Joseph became timid and yet eager, as a young man who slips out to a rendezvous with a wise and beautiful woman. He was half drugged and overwhelmed by the forest. There was a curious femaleness about the interlacing boughs and twigs, about the long green cavern cut by the river through the trees and the brilliant underbrush. The endless green halls and aisles and alcoves seemed to have meanings as obscure and promising as the symbols of a ancient religion."
To a God Unknown [John Steinbeck]
Le Bois Noir, Auvergne, France