|Gustave Doré -The fourth horseman, |
Death on the Pale Horse (1865)
In this quote from Emile Zola's La Terre, a group of French peasant farmers are arguing about the relative merits of protectionism versus free trade. They are desperately worried about the import of cheap American corn. Suddenly Lequeu, the schoolmaster, joins in. He thinks the farmers are finished:-
Emile Zola - La Terre (1887)
Apart from what it might tell us about the origins of the CAP, I'm particularly attracted to the last two sentences. They chime so deliciously with the mores of our modern chattering classes. An updated version might read:-
I read a piece in the Guardian which tells all about it. You fellows are all doomed.