“You are fortunate indeed, my students,” he said, “to be able to witness the beginning of the modern era here in the Indies.”
Modern! How quickly that word had surged forward and multiplied itself like a bacteria throughout the world. (At least, that is what people were saying.) So allow me to fully understand its meaning.
In short, in this modern era tens of thousands of copies of a photo could be reproduced each day.
Pramoedya Ananta Toer – This Earth of Mankind