in his assessment of the 19th Century trains:
"Gustave [Flaubert, 1821 – 1880] belonged to the first railway generation in France; and he hated the invention. . . . he hated the way it flattered people with the illusion of progress. What was the point of scientific advance without moral advance? The railway would merely permit more people to move about, meet and be stupid together" (108, emphasis added).
For more Coincidence & Connection
See my Fortnightly Post
~ "Trees, Trains, and Idiots" ~
For more on this blog from Flaubert's Parrot
The Sadness of Hydrangeas
Colored Panes: Flaubert & Pearce