an abandoned church settling quietly on a distant hill

sobhan

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He gave her a look, but didn’t respond. The sky outside was purple, the sun an orange push through the trees. They were far past the edge of town, an abandoned church settling quietly on a distant hill, its steeple broken as if by the weight of the darkening sky.

What does "an abandoned church settling quietly on a distant hill, its steeple broken as if by the weight of the darkening sky." mean?

Source: Redemption Road, John Hart

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  • PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    Please mark the words/phrase that you do not understand and cannot find in the dictionary. :thumbsup:
     

    waltern

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    English - USA
    The way I read it, "settling" here means it is (slowly, probably unevenly) sinking into the ground - the abandoned building is in disrepair (with a broken steeple) and falling into ruin.
     
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