was at the time of which we are speaking [The French Revolution], and still is, notwithstanding the terrible ordeal through which it has passed and the corrosive action of modern progress,' a preeminently Catholic land. Ever since the day when his country
was converted from Druidism, the Breton had adhered with unflinching constancy to the faith and retained it in all its freshness. Heresy had no power to pervert or seduce him, for no profane novelty had ever any attractions for his serious and deeply religious
mind; and as he had always shown himself proof against the allurements of error, so in the day of fiery trial the terrors of persecution were equally powerless to compel him to deny his God. A well-known author, who has dedicated his pen to the description
of his beloved Brittany, says that the contest there was between the guillotine and faith, and that in the desperate struggle the guillotine blunted its edge and was worsted. ...