Give an example from the following paragraph of satire that is aimed at someone or something other than the government."The excitement died down in time, but the unfortunate Deplis, who was of...

Give an example from the following paragraph of satire that is aimed at someone or something other than the government.

"The excitement died down in time, but the unfortunate Deplis, who was of a constitutionally retiring disposition, found himself a few months later, once more the storm-centre of a furious controversy. A certain German art expert, who had obtained from the municipality of Bergamo permission to inspect the famous masterpiece, declared it to be a spurious Pincini, probably the work of some pupil whom he had employed in his declining years. The evidence of Deplis on the subject was obviously worthless, as he had been under the influence of the customary narcotics during the long process of pricking in the design. The editor of an Italian art journal refuted the contentions of the German expert and undertook to prove that his private life did not conform to any modern standard of decency. The whole of Italy and Germany were drawn into the dispute, and the rest of Europe was soon involved in the quarrel. There were stormy scenes in the Spanish Parliament, and the University of Copenhagen bestowed a gold medal on the German expert (afterwards sending a commission to examine his proofs on the spot), while two Polish schoolboys in Paris committed suicide to show what THEY thought of the matter."

Taken from "The Background" by Saki (H. H. Munro).

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"A certain German art expert, who had obtained from the municipality of Bergamo permission to inspect the famous masterpiece, declared it to be a spurious Pincini, probably the work of some pupil whom he had employed in his declining years. The evidence of Deplis on the subject was obviously worthless, as he had been under the influence of the customary narcotics during the long process of pricking in the design. "

This quote from The Background is satire because it downplays the importance, or judgement of the so-called experts in the field of art.  Saki had been criticized a great deal about his different writing styles throughout his career.  This quote seems to be a jab at critics.  The art critic says the artwork of the tattoo on Deplis' back was not by Picini, but a student of his.  When Delpis tries to defend the art work by saying he was there when it was done, the art critic says that he couldn't be sure who did the work because he was sedated. 

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