Excerpted from “How a Good Person can Really Win”
If you play with cats, you will get scratched.
— Irish proverb
A London publisher took his mistress to Normandy, leaving his wife under the
impression that he had been called away to Brussels on business. The sneaky pair spent a
blissful week together in an old-world hotel, basked in the sun, wined, dined and loved in fine
style. They returned home, convinced that their secret would never come to light.
A year later the publisher, perhaps with a pang of conscience, took his wife to a travel
agent to arrange a holiday for just the two of them. Browsing through the brochures she came
across one extolling Normandy as the place to unwind. The cover showed a happy, laughing
couple leaning against a harbour wall with their arms around each other, unaware they were
being photographed by the French Tourist Board. It was her erring husband and his mistress.
— Sue Black Hall
Dr. Stephen Ward, a fashionable London osteopath and
talented portrait artist, survived on the patronage of the rich
and powerful of his time. Sir Winston Churchill and many
leading politicians were among his patients. Ward also had an
interest in young girls of humble origin, and groomed them
into high-class prostitutes. “I like pretty girls,” he was
reported as saying. “I am sensitive to their needs and the
stresses of modern living.”
One such girl was Christine Keeler who Ward introduced
into a world of the rich and famous, aristocratic, charming and
powerful men, all eager to woo her. John Profumo, the British
Secretary of State for War, whom Ward introduced to Keeler
at a pool party at Cliveden, was among them. Profumo started
soliciting Christine’s services, but when the scandal (Profumo
scandal) broke out, Profumo denied his affair with Keeler, and
convinced the State, the House of Commons and even the
Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, that any suggestion of an
affair with her was untrue. But Profumo’s lie was
subsequently caught and the press moved in for the kill.
In the fallout of the Profumo scandal, Ward was arrested
on charges of knowingly living wholly or in part on the
earning of prostitution. The trial exposed Ward and his social
circle to the full glare of the media. Rumours began to spread
of an international call-girl ring involving British and US
politicians and celebrities. Ward finally committed suicide by
taking an overdose of sleeping tablets on the last day of the
trial. Profumo was forced to resign and the Conservative
government lost the next election.
Vile wants to exploit the senior-subordinate relationship
sexually. To achieve sexual gratification, the following
strokes are tried:
Stroke A – Eye contact. Vile tries to make eye contact to
make the woman weak, as he feels this is the first step to her
heart. He may even try to undress the woman with his gaze.
Her discomfort in such situations is not his concern at all.
Stroke B − Double entendres or sexual innuendo. Vile
engages in double meaning talk or sexually suggestive humor
to break defenses.
Stroke C – Late working. Late hours promise more privacy,
and Vile can move freely in his elements. There are less
chances of her discouraging his advances, because they are
not made publicly.
Stroke D – Reward in return for sexual favour. In this
stroke, Vile offers some increment or promotion as a
motivation for receiving sexual favours.
Stroke E – If she doesn’t take the bait, bend her. He also
schedules his itinerary, so as to be present where she is when
her job requires touring. Again, away from the office, he gets
more privacy to bare his fangs. If all fails, Vile makes her
look inefficient, de-meriting her merit.
Stroke F – Playing pimp for superiors. This is a Super
Vile’s stroke, wherein Vile debauches his senior with
beautiful women. He then banks on the senior becoming
depraved or on the fact that he shares his master’s secret.
Advice for the Ruler
• Have Courage − Stay Just. Machiavelli gave a
striking example as to why the ruler should stay just
and should have the courage to punish serious
offences no matter how powerful the offender.
Alexander’s father, King Philip of Macedonia, had an
escort, a beautiful and noble youth called Pausanias.
In his court there was Attalus also, who was one of
the powerful men close to Phillip. Attalus was
enamoured of Pausanias, but faced with strong
resistance, he decided upon deceit and force.
Pausanias was kidnapped and taken to an isolated
place. Here, not only Attalus abused him sexually, but
also motivated other men to use him in a like manner
and humiliate him. After this humiliation Pausanias
again and again beseeched King Philip for justice,
who promised to avenge him. But rather than
punishing Attalus, he promoted him as governor of
the province of Greece. Now Pausanias’ wrath was
not against Attalus, but against King Philip. On the
morning King Philip’s daughter was tying her nuptial
knot with Prince of Epirus, and the unjust king was
on his way to the temple to participate in the
ceremony, Pausanias assassinated him.
• Practise restraint.
• Sexual harassment may be of the same sex too. If one
has alternate sexual tendencies and makes sexual
advances towards the same sex; such advances are
also punishable under law.