Monday, 10 October 2016
Ammon And Flandry
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Leon Ammon's cigar and brandy are prime quality. He knows of Flandry's role on Starkad. This alone tells Flandry that Naval Intelligence is in serious decline although he does not say so but another remark causes Ammon to commend his sharpness, then, exploringly, his good looks. Flandry draws a clear line. He has come on only one item of business. Ammon says that he can put a good profit his way.
Ammon's eyes and voice smolder and his body shakes with intensity when he says that he wants "'...to become big...'" (p. 209) If Flandry, by detouring slightly on a routine scouting expedition, can confirm a possible source of wealth, then Ammon hopes, several years hence, to start paying taxes, move to Terra, maybe buy his way into the nobility, maybe go into politics, but, in any case, be big. Flandry understands all too well. Ammon thinks that he might even be a big friend for Dominic? Inwardly, Flandry thinks only associate at most.
So here we have the character and motivation of Ammon and, yes, it is a great pity that, decades later, Admiral Flandry did not meet Sir Leon or Earl Ammon.