Hi, I'm trying to write a scene where a man is sitting at a floor high up gazing out at a big city at the dead of night. I need help to describe the city. I want it to seem unusually quiet. Can I use any of this: A big city submitted to/subjected to/surrendered to the night. Only kept alive and breathing by silent lights. A big city breathing quietly in the night. (and something with lights) A big city glowing quietly in the night. (and another line) A big city in night lights. Quiet. Peaceful. I'm not a native speaker (as you probably have guessed), so I find it hard to figure out what is natural. I've been struggling with this for a long time, so I really hope you can help me.