Wednesday January 13, 2016
Book 16: Big, Dumb Objects — Part III


YAEYOEFUI: You do realize that my comment about your sapience was not actually flattery.

SORLIE: Of course. I was deflecting that barb in order to stay on topic.

YAEYOEFUI: You created a fiction in which I could pretend that my insult blew past you unnoticed, so that in that pretense I could further inflate myself.

SORLIE: Sounds about right.

It's called diplomacy.

I thought I was getting the hang of it, but you called me out on it, so I guess I'm still learning.

YAEYOEFUI: If you are still learning then you are unquestionably sapient.

And that is not flattery. It is respect.