Dagger in hand

A man of prodigious fortune, coming to add his opinion to some light discussion that was going on casually at his table, began precisely thus: "It can only be a liar or an ignoramus who will say otherwise than," and so on. Pursue that philosophical point, dagger in hand.

--Michel de Montaigne, Of the art of discussion.

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Friday, December 13, 2002
Well, I'm not sure I know the answer to Diane's question, but I do notice that from almost any page of that translation, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: "To the gulag — go!"

UPDATE: Now that Diane has given the answer, I'll explain the above reference. It's a paraphrase of Chambers's review of Atlas Shrugged, in which he potrayed her as a crypto-fascist. Since Chambers was an (actual) commie at the time he translated Bambi, I thought the reversal appropriate. I never read Witness myself, but it sounds like I need to.

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