Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Play it easy and modest

…I watched with approval, for I knew this game of old, having played it myself a hundred times in the days when I was being hero-worshipped. It’s almost a ritual: they flatter you by praising your words or actions, and you play it easy and modest, but just giving a hint every now and then, in a humorous way, what a desperate fellow you are, because that’s what they love above all.

Flashman and the Angel of the Lord, pp.214-15, Harper Collins, 1995.

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