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The Silence of Colonel Bramble

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Author: André Maurois (Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog)
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 30,723 / 89 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.7
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,143
Added to site: 2009.02.06 23362

Translated from the French by Thurfrida Wake; Verses translated by Wilfrid Jackson.

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s and coups d'etat for us, which leaves the rest of the nation time to play cricket. The Press completes the system by enabling us to take our share in these tumults by proxy. All these things form a part of modern comfort and in a hundred years' time every man, white, yellow, red or black, will refuse to inhabit a room without hot water laid on, or a country without a Parliament."

"I hope you are wrong," said Major Parker. "I hate politicians, and I want, after the War, to go and live in the East, because nobody out there pays any attention to a government of babblers."

"My dear major, why the devil do you mix your personal feelings with these questions? Politics are controlled by laws as necessary as the movements of the stars. Are you annoyed that there are dark nights because you happen to prefer moonlight? Humanity lies on an uncomfortable bed. When the sleeper aches too much he turns over, that is a war or an insurrection. Then he goes to sleep again for a few centuries. All that is quite



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