Quotation by Sarah Fielding

[A toad-eater] is a metaphor taken from a mountebank's boy who eats toads in order to show his master's skill in expelling poison. It is built on a supposition (which I am afraid is too generally true) that people who are so unhappy as to be in a state of dependence are forced to do the most nauseous things that can be thought on to please and humor their patrons.
Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), British novelist. Cynthia, in The Adventures of David Simple, bk. 2, ch. 7 (1744).
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