inside cracks of your wall, or inside the cracks of beautiful walls?

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The secret that hides inside (the cracks/ cracks) of beautiful walls
what is the correct way of saying it?
and is there a general rule I can follow here so I don't ask the same question again, cause somehow both sound correct in my head.
 

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The secret that hides inside (the cracks/ cracks) of beautiful walls
what is the correct way of saying it?
and is there a general rule I can follow here so I don't ask the same question again, cause somehow both sound correct in my head.

It's a rather odd sentence so I'm not sure how to decide which is better/correct. Is there generally a secret hiding in the physical cracks of beautiful walls? What is a beautiful wall anyway?

If we change the terminology, it's easier to see:

The cement that sits between the bricks in prison walls.

However, I would say that if you use "... of beautiful walls", then using the article sounds better. If you use "... in beautiful walls", it sounds better without.

The secret that hides in the cracks of beautiful walls.
The secret that hides in cracks in beautiful walls.

And no, I can't really explain why right now!
 

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It's a rather odd sentence so I'm not sure how to decide which is better/correct. Is there generally a secret hiding in the physical cracks of beautiful walls? What is a beautiful wall anyway?

If we change the terminology, it's easier to see:

The cement that sits between the bricks in prison walls.

However, I would say that if you use "... of beautiful walls", then using the article sounds better. If you use "... in beautiful walls", it sounds better without.

The secret that hides in the cracks of beautiful walls.
The secret that hides in cracks in beautiful walls.

And no, I can't really explain why right now!

It's for a poem that's why it sounds odd.
Haha, so you're saying, the cracks, if I'm sticking with my original sentence?
 

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