Monday, May 18, 2020

A Journal of the Plague Year (1722) by Daniel Defoe. COVID-19 Recreational Reading

A Journal of the Plague Year (1722) by Daniel Defoe. COVID-19 Recreational Reading 

Such a fitting book to read at this time. I'd read A Journal of the Plague Year many and many a year ago. A very timely read:
"I might be more particular as to this part, but it may suffice to mention in general, all trades being stopped, employment ceased: the labour, and by that the bread, of the poor were cut off; and at first indeed the cries of the poor were most lamentable to hear, though by the distribution of charity their misery that way was greatly abated. Many indeed fled into the counties, but thousands of them having stayed in London till nothing but desperation sent them away, death overtook them on the road, and they served for no better than the messengers of death; indeed, others carrying the infection along with them, spread it very unhappily into the remotest parts of the kingdom."

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