Everywhere in the town were the mold and decay that go with antiquity, and evidence of it; but I do not know that anything else gave us so vivid a sense of the old age of Heilbronn as those footworn
grooves in the paving-stones.
Here is the ancient floor, Footworn
and hollowed and thin, Here was the former door Where the dead feet walked in.
By one, and one, the bolts full easy slide:--The chains lie silent on the footworn
stones;--The key turns, and the door upon its hinges groans.
He'd been pondering how to evict her from the private preserve of his memory as he ambled along the shortcut, a pinche little footworn
track that meandered and curled, branching off here and branching off there.
Meanwhile, "the bolts full easy slide:-- / The chains lie silent on the footworn
stones;-- / The key turns, and the door upon its hinges groans" (367-9); human agency is conspicuously absent.