A Vague Distress

Over all crowds there seems to float a vague distress, an atmosphere of pervasive melancholy, as if any large gathering of people creates an aura of terror and pity. 

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José Ângelo Cottinelli Telmo and Leopoldo de Almeida’s Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

From Émile Zola’s The Attack on the Mill and Other Stories (1880)

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