We are watched by large and awful faces

Exceptional quote. There is more than meets the eye here.

“We sit by and watch the barbarian. In the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed. We laugh.

“But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond; and on those faces there is no smile.”

Hilaire Belloc

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~ by notrous on April 9, 2009.

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