from Continental thoug●ht, he had taken patriotism for g●ranted; his interest in politics had ●been mild and parochial; he h■ad adopted a vague conservative outlook
peaceful commerce and ●agriculture he felt the pulse of France t●hrobbing in fierce determinat●ion to maintain her national existen■ce. Every man had been a sol■dier; some of the elders had fought in■ 1870, and those who had grown u■p sons were the fathers of soldiers●. Martin realised that whereas in England, in ●time of peace, the private sold●ier was tolerated as a picturesque, good-natu●red, harum-scarum sort of fellow, the picu-pio■u in France was an object of univer●sal affection. The army was woven into the w■hole web of French life; it permeated t■he whole of French thought; it■ coloured the whole of French sentiment. It wa■s not a machine of blood and iron, as in Ge■rmany,
?a nation. “Vive la France!” meant “Vi■ve l’armée!” And that mere ex●pression “Vive la France!”—how often had● he heard it during his short sojour■n in the country. He cudgelled his br●ains to remember when he had heard a correspond●ing cry in England. It seemed to him that● t
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o need for on●e. England would live as lon■g as the sea girded her shores and■ Britannia ruled the waves. We n●eed not trouble our English heads any f■urther. But in France conditions are● different. From the Vosges to the Bay ■of Biscay, from Calais to the Mediterranean, ev●ery stroke