I’ve been looking forward to drawing that staircase. I love the idea of such a staircase, although I’m terrified of the idea of an actual one.

07/24/15 The City 10

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  1. I do like that staircase. Sometimes I have dreams about buildings with no halls. Every room is connected to every other room by a staircase.

    “Find him. Spring him.” The best plan one can have before one knows what one is facing.

  2. “That’s not a plan. That’s barely a concept.”

  3. It’s a general outline until we have enough solid facts to create a plan. Everything else is over thinking it at this moment in time.

    Anna would make detailed plans based on a wealth of facts from her own milleau, presumptions and preconceived notions; and fail disastrously. Her arm bears that out.

    Foxglove knows the basic goal, understands the locals are completely alien to everything she knows and has experienced and has a gut instinct to observe and make judgements only after gaining an understanding. The plan will come together as it happens and tailor to the situation.

    This of course will be highly confusing to Anna, leave her frustrated and off balance.

  4. Foxglove is the seat-of-the-pants kind of person. That includes not telling the odds to her she jut does it.
    I think one real life version was Otto “The Scar” Skorzeny who did all kinds of daring do for Hitler including rescuing Il Duce at one point in the war.

  5. Small explosives doth cover a wide variety of flaws.

  6. “The tactical result of an engagement forms the base for new strategic decisions because victory or defeat in a battle changes the situation to such a degree that no human acumen is able to see beyond the first battle” {Helmuth von Moltke the Elder}

    Therefore no plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact and everything after that point tends to be improvisation.

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