What is Sartre's metaphor meaning in the Words when saying :

"The human race became a small committee surrounded by affectionate animals."

The context is when he begins to become familiar with all the writers of his grandfather's library. He tells us about his child perception of their duties : they had to write masterpieces as far as they were writers. Why should anyone praise them as far as they are only doing their duties, he asks as a child. As a narrator, now an adult, he acknowledges he got it all wrong about them. Are the small comitee the writers and the commoners the affectionate animals ?

He uses lots of references in this part of the book. He also talks about Charles V

when I was told that Charles V had picked up Titian's brush, I was not at all surprised. What of it ? That was what princes were made for.

Which I don't get neither ...


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