Rudyard Kipling on Societal Pressures
You must remember, though you will not understand, that all laws weaken in a small and hidden community where there is no public opinion. When a man is absolutely alone in a Station he runs a certain risk of falling into evil ways. This risk is multiplied by every addition to the population up to twelve — the Jury number. After that, fear and consequent restraint begin, and human action becomes less grotesquely jerky.
Interesting commentary on how reputational pressure scales. If I had found this quote last year, I would have included it in my book.