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.“Tell them,” he cried, “that if a hair of any one of their heads is touched by any official on any account whatever, all England shall ring with it. Good God! What callous oppression! The dark places of the earth are full of cruelty.” He wiped his face, and throwing out his arms cried: “Tell them, oh! tell the poor serfs not to be afraid of me. Tell them I come to redress their wrongs—not, heaven knows, to add to their burden.” The long-drawn gurgle of the practised public speaker pleased them much.


This is from “Little Foxes” in Actions and Reactions

A visiting Member of Parliament, of leftish persuasion, is addressing a meeting of villagers in a British colony, convinced that they are being oppressed by the local administrators. The villagers are unimpressed.