Modern men and women who live in industrial cities are like mice that have come out of the fields to live in houses that do not belong to them.
Now and then a bold mouse stands upon his hind legs and addresses the others. He declares he will force his way through the walls and conquer the gods who have built the house. "I will kill them," he declares. "The mice shall rule. You shall live in the light and the warmth. There shall be food for all and no one shall go hungry."
Sherwood Anderson – Poor White (1920)