In the result, of
course, the excessive and inopportune apathy of the common people has been
punished by the loss of their independence, while their leaders, who fancied
they were selling everything except themselves, discover too late that their own
liberty was the first thing they sold. Instead of the name of trusty friend, in
which they rejoiced when they were taking their bribes, they are dubbed
toad-eaters and scoundrels, and other suitable epithets. What did they expect?