[LMB] TSK - Echoes

Robert Woodward robertaw at drizzle.com
Wed Jul 24 18:45:51 BST 2019



> On Jul 24, 2019, at 10:00 AM, Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Damien Sullivan <phoenix at mindstalk.net> wrote:
>> The ones who rant about Klaus have been Zola, Tarvek, Tweedle, and
>> Othar.  Aristocrats and a madman.  Master Payne respects him.  Nameless
>> villagers... get portrayed as suspicious and fearful, and Klaus doesn't
>> seem to have invested much in public services beyond peacekeeping,
> 
> Klaus can take a joke, even enjoys a good satire at his own expense.  But
> when some normal person makes a joke about him -- say, in a stage performance --
> the general reaction is to hunker down then sidle away before something
> like lightning hits.
> 
>> so if Wulfenbach forces show up it's because something's already wrong.
>> Kind of like Gandalf in Lord of the Rings: he may be here to help but
>> it's hard to be happy to see him.  (Unless you're a hobbit-child.)
> 
> See also: starship Enterprise, and the TARDIS.  At least to the
> genre-savvy, and a few people in the Who-niverse seem to be getting
> that awareness.
> 

There is a similar story about President Eisenhower’s Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles. Supposedly, he arrived somewhere and that country’s leader told him “I am glad to see you.” Dulles replied, “You shouldn’t be, I only go where there is trouble."

"We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
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Robert Woodward robertaw at drizzle.com



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