here. I had not. One purpose of the blog is to remember and appreciate all such details. It will take a while.
Flandry had originally visited Ammon on a hunch, generated by a mixture of curiosity and boredom. He might either enrich himself by accepting a job from Ammon or betray Ammon if the risk seemed too great. Here, my work ethics differ from Flandry's. I would not have betrayed Ammon, having accepted his hospitality. The further vision that Flandry might strengthen the Empire by helping Ammon comes only when he realizes the size of the prize that Ammon is after.
When Flandry is a prisoner of a Merseian, he advises delay in eliminating Ammon. When he has returned to Irumclaw, he earns Ammon's hatred by protecting and negotiating on behalf of Djana. But, if Flandry and Ammon were to re-meet in late life, they would be able to reminisce about this incident with amusement and a measure of mutual respect.