Scene: In the gardens at the palace, Count Hermann of Munster tries to get King Leopold interested in affairs of state. The King is rather unusually fostering an obsession with hats.
Count: Your Majesty, you're looking rather dapper today in your new hat.
King: thankyou Count, it is the most comfortable hat I've had for years. I particularly like the white ruffle round the tricorne top.
Count: I'm sorry to say this Sire, but your wife is finding your delight in your new hat a bit too much. She says you are wearing it all the time - even in bed at night. Are you sure you are alright ?
King: Yes I'm fine, I love this hat..
Count: Also you seem to be reading rather a lot about hats - 'Topknot Times', 'Tricorne News' and the last thing I saw in the library was 'Hat Weekly' with the main article '"Fancy Bicornes - A new Fad ?". Really your majesty, you should be spending more times on affairs of state especially with the current state of tension with Monrovia .
King: I love wearing my hat. Actually I'm thinking of getting one of those new bicornes - there's a new hat maker in Wittenberg, I might send for him.
Count: Have you seen the Field Marshal yet, he wants to talk to you about the stratgeic deployment of the army to meet the potential threat from Monrovia to the west and also Stagonia to the north-east.
King: Ah yes, I forgot about that; perhaps we should pop along and see him. I'm sure he'll like my new hat.
Count: I'll come with you then, and we'll see what he has to say ..
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