It's funny - people think nothing about going to Amazon or wherever, and throwing tomatoes at a book, when they would never stand out in front of a local business and picket because they had a bad cup of coffee at the local coffee shop.
It can't always be white picket fences and cottages.
"Ah, that's the way to talk French," said the picket soldiers.
The soldiers forming the picket line, like showmen exhibiting a curiosity, no longer looked at the French but paid attention to the sight-seers and grew weary waiting to be relieved.
Behind the guns were their limbers and still farther back picket ropes and artillerymen's bonfires.