The White Courtyard Reviews
I like the term 'brutally hard.' You bring two very different worlds up against each other and the contrast works well.
Just one thing, you refer to the floor and it seems to be outdoors. We usually say 'ground' for the natural earth beneath our feet and 'floor' for a man-made covering. That said, people sometimes refer to the 'forest floor' and the rest of your descriptions are good.