SPAIN: Of Fools & Duels

A liveried flunky discreetly roused dapper, white-haired Ramón Serrano Suñer from his siesta. "Two gentlemen to see you, sir, on a most urgent matter."

Spain's ex-Foreign Minister and onetime heir-apparent to his brother-in-law, Francisco Franco, rose with leisurely languor from a red velvet couch, adjusted his gray silk tie, sauntered into his studio to receive the unexpected callers. Solemn of mien, in dark blue suits and black ties, the two señors coldly declined to sit. One thrust forward a blue-bound book with the bright yellow title—Press Mission in Spain. "Have you seen...

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