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If he was hongry we could guile him. But he ain’t hongry. His teeth gone bad – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 26th, 2012 · No Comments · Political Communication, Politics, Power

“Here, Buck,” the Boss called.

Tom Stark prodded the dog with his toe for a little encouragement, but he might just as well have been prodding a bolster.

“Buck is gitten on,” Old Man Stark said. “He ain’t right spry anymore.” Then the old man went to the steps and stooped down with a motion which made you expect to hear the sound of old rusty hinges on a barn door.

“Hi, Buck, hi, Buck,” the old man wheedled without optimism. He gave up, and lifted his gaze to the Boss. “If he was hongry now,” he said, and shook his head. “If he was hongry we could guile him. But he ain’t hongry. His teeth gone bad.”

The Boss looked at me, and I knew what I was paid to do.

“Jack,” the boss said, “get the hairy bastard up here and make him look like he was glad to see me.”

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