A.T. addresses the current economic situation.

In the first chapter of The Golden Lion of Granpere, Anthony Trollope presciently alludes to our current economic situation as he describes the fictional village of Granpere, in Alsace Lorraine.

Whether it is better for a people to achieve an even level of prosperity, which is shared by all, but which makes none eminent, or to encounter those rough, ambitious, competitive strengths which produce both palaces and poorhouses shall not be matters of argument here; but the teller of this story is disposed to think that the chance traveler, as long as he tarries at Granpere, will insensibly and perhaps unconsciously become an advocate of the former doctrine; he will be struck by the comfort which he sees around him, and for a while will dispense with wealth, luxury, scholarships, and fashion. Whether the inhabitants of these hills and valleys will advance to further progress now that they are again to become German is another question, which the writer will not attempt to answer here.

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