B. B. It was a time of greatness and of terribleness. It was an age of wisdom or of folly, a season of Light or Darkness, a spring of hope or gloom,... We had everything in front of us, nothing in front of us, and we all went straight to Heaven. Or we all went the opposite way. In short, it was so similar to the present time, whether for good or bad, that its loudest authorities only wanted it to be compared in superlative terms.