The French Reluctance
Geoffrey Wells espouses thereon (2001)
...I was thinking that if the citizens of St-Germaine are too slack to stamp on them they deserve what they get. Even at 1am in Newtown the approach of an Architect was enough to send a swarm of roaches scurrying for the drain. They were great big fat ones that went crunch when you stomped on them. On the way back you could see the rats carrying them off to eat. But when I remembered the contents of their stomach used to eat holes in my shoes, I can understand the reluctance of a largely barefoot population to act.