An old story of dead ambassadors

It goes something like this:

The legendary diplomat Talleyrand was once awoken by one of his aides. “The Russian ambassador has died in his sleep!” the young man exclaimed.

Talleyrand sat up and thought for a moment.

“Hm. I wonder what his motive for doing that was.”

It’s probably apocryphal, but the lesson is one all of us writers, thinkers, political types and would-be analysts need to keep in mind.

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