Eating: The duty of all conscientious citizens of a republic

“Nothing like the act of eating for equalising men. Dying is nothing to it. The philospher dies sententiously – the pharisee ostentatiously – the simple-hearted humbly – the poor idiot blindly, as the sparrow falls to the ground; the philsopher and idiot, publican and pharisee, all eat after the same fashion – given an equally good digestion.”

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

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