Forged letters, purporting to show his desire to abandon the revolutionary struggle, were published; he was accused of drawing more than his salary; his manners were ridiculed as "aping monarchy"; hints of the propriety of a guillotine for his benefit began to appear; he was spoken of as the "stepfather of his country."
grotesque spectacle of African children aping their elders " playing at soldiers " .
The medieval inquisitor saw in them an aping of the rites of the Catholic church as he knew them; but they were really, says the same authority, "archaeological vestiges (i.e.
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