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To punish by a fine; to default especially of money; to obtain by fraud, duress, or theft


The art of a good swindle lies, ultimately, in telling a great story. All actions must contribute. The careful pauses, to build bridges between a hopeless present and a glorious fiction. The smile of collaboration, a promise beautifully spun. One must, in the end, consent to the deception: this is a tale as old as telling.

The simplest swindlers ask for money: [we give it to them] to lose ourselves in worlds created by others. More complicated frauds take something bigger: time, loved ones, the surrender of anything irrevocable.

The biggest swindlers ask one to give up their entire selves, to cross the threshhold and disperse oneself across the fabric of a tale grown too powerful. These are the most dangerous. The common con man tells you that you are a king. The true swindler tells you that you are but an atom, caught in a current [far too strong for free will.]

 

Story Notes

11/100 of #The100DayProject. Written May 03.

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