"They are blind, like the law. And equally brutal. The only escape from the brutalities of the shabby law of the uniform is to be big - big as in bigshot. And there is also a communicable kind of bigness, the bigness through contact that comes from being a relative or friend of the original bigshot. Dadou remembered something else he had read: Africa, that great shit-heap where one will take his place. What a putrid shit-heap of the word was! Neither more nor less than a great big shit market."
If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.
Point de vue pris d'une fenêtre du Gras à Saint-Loup-de-Varennes