Hello. Would you please explain the meaning of the book and the underlined sentence below?
------------from Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift
The Count Leopold Berchtold(1759-1809), a Czech nobleman by birth, spent 17 years vagabonding throught Europe and the Turkish Empire,
publishing widely read tracts on the philosophy of travel.
One of them is the Essay to Direct and Extend the Inquiries of Patriotic Travelers(1789). And this is from the book.
-In dealing with the lower classes, one must disguise one's rank in order to encourage communication.
-Peasants who live in remote provinces, rather than in cities, are best subjects for one's inquiries. They are wiser in folk ways, and one's inquiries will attract less suspicion.
-Seek local persons of reputed genius and eccentricity, interview them for ideas and advice that will be of value to humankind. Take notes quickly and furtively, lest one be conspicuous or taken as a spy.
He's talking about 'folk wisdom'. (Try researching this term to find out more about what it means.)
He's also saying that the people from remote villages are less suspicious that he is in fact a nobleman in disguise.