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Blossoming on the young Rhine
2013-10-02 03:56 am (UTC)
It's a peculiar turn of phrase, particularly for a sister speaking of her brother. He doesn't comment immediately, but he notes it.
"It isn't that. But it's difficult to begin, when speaking of so many superlative men. And you will understand why I'm reluctant to speak of certain details." Or will she? This young bourgeoise mademoiselle from an era of peaceful republics, with her blithe confidence that of course all citizens deserve equality? "Under the monarchy, our activities and beliefs were quite illegal."
"There are always those who prefer apathy or idleness. I have never understood it. Perhaps in the future, there will be a time when it's defensible: when societies have made such progress as to eliminate miseries, oppression, slavery, ignorance of basic education, disease, in that happy future there may indeed be no need of passion for a cause. But not until then. France is too great --
is too great -- for apathy to be conscionable while the people suffer."
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