"…for two hundred years now the people had sweated, and toiled, and starved, to keep a lustful court in lavish extravagance; now the descendants of those who had helped to make those courts brilliant had to hide for their lives—to fly, if they wished to avoid the tardy vengeance of the people."
The Scarlet Pimpernel, pg2
(rethink wording and sentence structure)
"Content that isn’t vulnerable—that doesn’t scare us, just a little bit—is not going to really impact the world. …If we’re willing to write what we truly believe—the stuff that scares us— we get to experience true vulnerability and connection with our readers."
Beth Hayden for copyblogger.com