Williams hates everybody," he writes; "Levett hates Desmoulins
and does not love Williams; Desmoulins
hates them both; Poll loves none of them.
With the prompt French instinct for the politics of the street, the man with the black moustache had already run across to a corner of the cafe, sprung on one of the tables, and seizing a branch of chestnut to steady himself, shouted as Camille Desmoulins
once shouted when he scattered the oak-leaves among the populace.
A few years ago, I read A Place of Greater Safety and freaked out to find out that Camille Desmoulins
, a radical leader of the French Revolution--every bit as forceful as Robespierre and far better-looking--was gay (well, bi).
is in fact the name of a significant member of Johnson's circle.