By Lawrence Durrell
For the British delegation to Vulgaria, no challenge is just too small to turn into a predicament during this full of life tale selection of diplomatic misadventure
In the phrases of Antrobus, grasp diplomat within the King's provider, international relations was "a quiet and restful exchange carried on in soothing inanity between 100 shady legations and embassies all around the globe." What replaced? What triggered this such a lot noble career to fall from grace? girls, in fact. A diplomatic incident starts off brewing once the beautiful new French ambassador—or is it ambassadress?—arrives in Vulgaria. one of many British delegation is readily besotted, and approximately to start his pursuit whilst a rival appears to be like within the kind of roguish Italian diplomat Bonzo di Porco. simply because those are servants of the main complicated governments on the planet, they settle their dispute rationally: with swords.
Jealousy, selfishness, swordplay? All are ordinary in Antrobus's embassy. In those 9 juicy stories, the King's diplomats may perhaps seldom be diplomatic, yet they regularly be capable of get the task done—with or with no bloodshed.
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