John Buchan (1875-1940), The Three Hostages
, chapter IV (Sandy Arbuthnot speaking to Richard Hannay):
"I might be bored in Parliament," he reflected, "but I should love the
rough‐and‐tumble of an election. I only once took part in one, and I
discovered surprising gifts as a demagogue and made a speech in
our little town which is still talked about. The chief row was about
Irish Home Rule, and I thought I'd better have a whack at the Pope.
Has it ever struck you, Dick, that ecclesiastical language has a most
sinister sound? I knew some of the words, though not their meaning,
but I knew that my audience would be just as ignorant. So I had a
magnificent peroration. 'Will you men of Kilclavers,' I asked, 'endure
to see a chasuble set up in your market‐place? Will you have your
daughters sold into simony? Will you have celibacy practised in the
public streets?' Gad, I had them all on their feet bellowing 'Never!'"