Anatole France quote about drinking from Penguin Island - Drink! The flies have not spoilt my vintage; the vines were dry before they came.
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Drink! The flies have not spoilt my vintage; the vines were dry before they came.
 Anatole France, Penguin Island (1908). copy citation

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Author Anatole France
Source Penguin Island
Topic drinking fly vine
Date 1908
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1930/1930-h/1930-h.htm

Context

“The master of the house grew angry with the beetles who devoured his figs; he planned snares to protect his fowls from the velvet-tailed fox, and he poured out wine for his neighbours saying:
«Drink! The flies have not spoilt my vintage; the vines were dry before they came.»
Then in the course of ages the wealth of the villages and the corn that filled the fields were pillaged by barbarian invaders. The country changed its masters several times. The conquerors built castles upon the hills; cultivation increased; mills, forges, tanneries, and looms were established; roads were opened through the woods and over the marshes; the river was covered with boats.” source

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