2 Vocab. words: 1. Picturesquely:adj. Resembling a picture (p.55)
2. Apparition:N. an unusual or unexpected sight (p.47)
"The town of Arreito has dosed in the middle of wheat fields and olives for centuries, drowsing in southern sun." The author is saying that the town has done nothing much to better themselves, and were just going on as they use to.