|Ersilia and Romulus; from here|
A few other things I find interesting, and about which I invite your thoughts:
- that the strings remain when the inhabitants leave;
- use of the word "refugee" and how it connects not only to the story of Ersilia itself, but also to the meta-story of the empire;
- that the bones don't remain, victims of the rolling wind, and in the same sentence of the mention, finally, of a spider (as if the spider ate the bodies whose bones are gone);
- lastly, Ersilia was the wife of Romulus -- you know, of Remus and Romulus, founders of Rome, another empire and also stretched particularly thin.