Flaubert and Industry

Flaubert’s Rants

How nature laughs at us!
And what an impassive ball is danced by the trees, the grass, and the waves!

The bell of the steamship from Le Havre rings so furiously I have to stop working!

What a raucous thing a machine is!
What a racket industry makes in the world!
How many foolish professions are born of it!
What a lot of stupidity comes from it!
Humanity is turning into an animal!

To make a single pin requires five or six different specialists!

What can you expect from the people of Manchester, who spend their life making pins?