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Chapter 29. Mnesia and the Art of Remembering

You’re the closest friend of a man with many friends. He has known some of those friends for a very long time, as have you. These friends come from all around the world, ranging from Sicily to New York. They pay their respects, and care about you and your friend, and you both care about them back.

In exceptional circumstances, they ask for favors because you’re people of power and trust. They’re your good friends, so you oblige. However, friendship has a cost. Each favor realized is duly noted, and at some point in the future, you may ask for a service in return.

You always keep your promises—you’re a pillar of reliability. That’s why they call your friend boss, and they call you consigliere. You’re ...

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