Quotation by Sonya Levien

You see, after the war—and don't forget it lasted a hundred years—thousands of us went from door to door, asking for honest work, and we were whipped for begging. The ruling class didn't say, "Work or starve." They said "Starve, for you shall not work."
Sonya Levien (1895–1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Clopin (Thomas Mitchell), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, explaining reality to Gringoire as they watch Quasimodo being whipped unjustly (1939).

Adaptation by Bruno Frank (1887-1946).
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