“Aye,” says he sourly, looking me up and down, “I wish I’d a guinea for every poor bastard whose bones must have gone into making your glorious pedestal. Gaudetque viam fecisse ruina,* I’ll lay!”
*He rejoices to have made his way by ruin – Lucan.
Flashman and the Angel of the Lord, p.41, Harper Collins, 1995.
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