My forebodings and expostulations were unceasing; I
uttered them in the Assembly and in every city to which I was sent. But all the
cities were demoralized. The active politicians were venal and corrupted by the
hope of money: the unofficial classes and the people in general were either
blind to the future or ensnared by the listlessness and indolence of their daily
life; in all the malady had gone so far that they expected the danger to descend
anywhere but upon themselves, and even hoped to derive their security at will
from the perils of others.