Pynchon on ‚Liberty‘

„Unfortunately, young people,“ recalls the Revd, „the word Liberty, unreflectively sacred to us today, was taken in those Times to encompass even the darkest of Men’s rights,— to injure whomever we might wish,— unto extermination, were it possible,— Free of Royal advice or Proclamation Lines and such. This being, indeed and alas, one of the Liberties our late War was fought to secure.“

Thomas Pynchon
Mason & Dixon, p. 307