Note 004
From Chapter 14 of the Decline & Fall

4. Lactantius de Mort. Persecutor. c. 18. Were the particulars of this conference more consistent with truth and decency, we might still ask how they came to the knowledge of an obscure rhetorician? But there are many historians who put us in mind of the admirable saying of the great Conde to Cardinal de Retz: "Ces coquins nous font parler et agir comme ils auroient fait eux-memes a norte place."

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