Jim A.

A line from THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

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During a move, I misplaced my copy of Victor Hugo's The Man Who Laughs and I can't find it. I'm trying to remember the exact line from the novel that warns of approaching dictators, something like: "You know a tyrant is about to take power when the state begins to require a license for every kind of service or product." That's what we've been seeing in this country for the last few decades.

Does anyone remember the exact line (and where in Hugo's book I can locate it when I get my next copy)? I'd sure like to be able to quote it, since Victor Hugo said it better than anyone else would have.

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