Martin saw some shelves filled with English books. "I have a notion," said he, "that a Republican must be greatly pleased with most of these books, which are written with a spirit of freedom." "Yes," answered Pococurante, "it is noble to write as one thinks; this is the privilege of humanity.
In all our Italy we write only what we do not think; those who inhabit the country of the Cæsars and the Antoninuses dare not acquire a single idea without the permission of a Dominican friar. I should be pleased with the liberty which inspires the English genius if passion and party spirit did not corrupt all that is estimable in this precious liberty."”