The People, Tr. by G.H. Smith

The People, Tr. by G.H. Smith

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...it. He almost always remains in this contradictory position: liberal by principle, selfish by habit, wishing and not wishing. If there remain any of the Frenchman within to chide him, he appeases it by the reading of some innocently grumbling paper, pacifically warlike. Most administrations, it must be owned, have himself rich, and retires. The Englishman, on the contrary, sees in the riches he has heaped together a means of growing richer, and goes on working till death. He is chained to the oar, absorbed in his occupation, only he pursues it on a larger scale. He does not experience the want of leisure which would leave his life at his own free disposal. Thus it happens that there are very few rich men in France, our foreign capitalists apart; and almost all these said rich men would be poor in England. From our rich men, too, you must deduct a certain number, who make a good figure, and whose means are either mortgaged, or still uucertain and hypothetical. 1 know a rather considerable town, near Paris, which contains some hundreds of independent men of small incomes, of from four to six thousand francs each, who never dream of exceeding this, who do nothing, read nothing, scarcely the paper, take an interest in nothing, never visit, and hardly know one another. The intoxication of the stock exchange is never felt by them, but, unhappily, it spreads lower down, among the thrifty of the humbler classes, even of the country, where the peasant has not even a paper to enlighten him on the subject of this knavery. speculated on this sad progression of fear, which, in the long run, is no other than the hastening of moral death. They have thought the dead easier to deal with than the living. To increase their dread of the people, they Tiave been...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236553071
  • 9781236553072