It is the law that causes people to dig up vines on the hill slopes and plant them in the flat fields to avoid the vexations of indirect taxation.
The people will be crushed by taxes, and loan upon loan will be taken out. Once the present has been exhausted, the future will be devoured.
Often, the sweeter the first fruit of a habit, the more bitter are those that follow.
Obviously any civil servant who does not do a useful job does a damaging one by the very fact of taking action.
The affections, feelings, and outpourings of love and friendship will not, as they are today, be buried in the depths of people’s hearts by the hand of the tax man.