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On the night before he fled from Geneva, Rousseau relates how finding himself unusually wakeful, 'I continued my reading beyond my usual hour, and read the whole passage ending at the story of the Levite of Ephraim in the book of Judges, if I mistake not, for since then I have never seen it. This story made a great impression on me, and in a kind of dream my imagination still ran upon it.' Suddenly wakened by the news that his Émile was proscribed, he drove off, and composed, during his journey, a version of this barbaric tale.
I hear but of one man at his work in all Gibeah; the rest were quaffing and revelling. That one man ends his work with a charitable entertainment; the others end their play in a brutish beastliness and violence.
Reference. XIX. 20. H. J. Wilmot-Buxton, Common Life Religion, p. 232.
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