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Oh--nothing, nothing; except chasten yourself with the thought of 'how are the mighty fallen.
Upbraid me not, ye beautiful dancers, when I chasten the little God somewhat
When Johnson chastens George Wallace, or a King speech is more critical of America's Vietnam policy than anyone expected, the reader understands why; he's been with these characters for a couple of years, hearing nearly everything they hear, and watching their subtle, often internal political twists and turns.