'Well, he thought, so this is diplomacy. It's lying, only for a better class of people. 

 

They say that diplomacy is a gentle art. That mastering it is a lifetime's work. But you do need a certain inclination in that direction. It's not something you can just pick up on the job. 

 

A few days ago Sam Vimes was a copper - an important copper, true - chief of police - but