The group moved to the fifth window. It depicted a majestic wilderness. From the simplest earthworm to the lions of the savannah, to the birds of the air, to the fish of the sea, a noisy scene played out.
Mara imagined the patter of paws, the rush of wings in flight, the ripple of water. “And this,” she said, “is the sign of the fifth—nature.”
“That’s right,” Ted said. “The domain of the fifth is of nature in its many forms. This includes animal life, the forests, and waterways. It includes the living, whether underground, above ground, or in the sky, as well as the land itself, and the air we breathe. Fifths are endowed with keeping these areas healthy, because without a healthy environment, mankind cannot go on.”
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