she said:
have i been too presumptious? have i been pushing my luck? i have tried to stay clear of too many assumptions and to keep my sins down to just overcompleteness. am i too concerned about this? i can never be sure...

he said:
if you have been "overcomplete", it is only because you are a talented emissary, if i read that right. i dont know in what way you could be pushing your luck or over-reaching assumptions. we are two mutually interested states sharing what i believe is important, in open amity, free from deception.

and she smiled widely

he said:
i'm glad to know that you are you; it doesn't matter critically that you are not here now, but simply that you exist. as adam smith demonstrated, trade between states, based on comparative advantage, constitutes the wealth of nations.

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