"The Houses were left vacant on the land, and the land was vacant because of this."(p.115)
The empty farmhouses are quickly invaded by animals and begin to fall apart in the dust and the wind.
"And in the tractor man there grows the contempt that comes only to a stranger who has little understanding and no relation." (p.115)
Corporate farmers still drive tractors over the land, but do this without any passion. They work at the farms throughout the day and leave to go to their homes.
"Bands of little boys came out demo the towns to break the windows and to break the windows and to pick over the debris, looking for treasures." (p.116)