The Capital: The Dean of the Corps

The ambassador was visibly agitated. In a swirl of cigarette smoke, he pondered a diplomatic crisis: another ambassador was trying to hire away his cook. How could he thwart this act of piracy without causing an international incident? Baffled, he called his secretary through the intercom. "Get me the Dean," he said. "Tell him it's important.:"

Farther down Diplomatic Row, a new African ambassador fretted over the guest list for his first dinner party. Too proud to ask the State Department's protocol section for help, he telephoned the Dean.

At a Latin American embassy, a young diplomat worried over the delicate question...

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