An unhappy Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, known to his friends as Georges (ah yes, the French and their humour!), raises his gown as though to wipe away the bird-shit:
"Ah mon ami, that it should come to this. La revanche de Les Anglais! So I was wrong about evolution, but this? Do I deserve this? Stuck at the back of the Royal Academy in Londres (Londres! Of all places!) and forgotten except by the cursed English pigeons...."