Each bit of land is a fortress, and the law makes a crime of every step which a man dares to take on the jealous and forbidding property of another man. "There is nature as we have made it," thought Pierre Huguenin, as he traversed these deserts created by humanity; "can God recognize His handiwork in it? Is this the beautiful earthly paradise He once confided to us to embellish and extend from horizon to horizon over the whole face of the globe?"
— GEORGE SAND, Le Compagnon du Tour de France, Vol. II., Chap. 22, p. 18.