V.G. Kiernan, 15 April 1982
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“... Englishmen were so remarkable. Even the word ‘suicide’ was coming into French from English. Diderot, one of the pioneers we hear most about, won increasing assent for his ideal of survival, not as a ‘soul’, but in the memories of fellow mortals, and this guerdon was being thought of now as earned, not by warlike glory and carnage, but by service to ...”