What does the line "At once, a sense of power filled the mountain valley" mean in The Citadel?

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The meaning of this line in The Citadel is that the mountain valley seems almost alive, as if it is a living, breathing force. Such a poetic conception of nature perfectly encapsulates Andrew's first impressions of Blaenelly.

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Though a doctor and a man of science, Andrew Manson has a romantic streak in him. How else to account for his awestruck reaction to his first glimpse of the small Welsh mining town of Blaenelly?

“A sense of power” fills the mountain valley. Here, there is human activity and lots of it, a place of hard work and industry. The extraordinary energy generated by the working folk of Blaenelly has been imparted to the surrounding natural environment, so much so that the mountain valley is filled with power.

Thanks to the ceaseless activity of the people who live in this part of the world, the mountain valley seems to have a life all of its own. It is a living, breathing force that cannot help but impress Andrew Manson as he beholds for the first time the place that will, in due course, come to have such a profound effect on his life.

Manson is so awestruck by the power of the mountain valley that he feels that he is being called by it, that it is summoning him to exert himself in a noble cause. Suitably overawed by his first glimpse of Blaenelly, he takes a deep breath and gets ready to face the enormous challenges ahead.

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