Outlaws and Highwaymen

Quotation from Mary Wollstonecraft’s View of the French Revolution
Mary Wollstonecraft, An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution in Works, ed. Janet Todd and Marilyn Butler, vol. 6 (London, William Pickering, 1989), p. 232


... robberies are very rare in France, where daily frauds and sly pilfering prove, that the lower class have as little honesty as sincerity. Besides, murder and cruelty almost always show the dastardly ferocity of fear in France; whilst in England, where the spirit of liberty has prevailed, it is useful for an highwayman, demanding your money, not only to avoid barbarity, but to behave with humanity, and even complaisance.

Mary Wollstonecraft

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