Don't miss this one..... in honor of the "R" word!!
Rafael, the Royal Crown's remuneration advocate, had rounded the numbers and was on his way to give his report in person. It was a remarkably pleasant day, but Rafael's horse reared suddenly and sprained an ankle. He had to now walk, but not with reckless abandon. As he walked he recalled that the requirements to rectify a rather ridiculous assumption were simply to show that the economy was not on a random rollercoaster of irrational exuberance.
Real people, he thought, could shed a ray of light for a clear revelation on the subject.
Ravenna was a hill town and rich in raw materials. Rather than postulating, he reveled in recounting the several accounts forwarded by the townspeople.
Roberto dealt in leather goods and was brimming with news about requisitioned livery by the Crown.
Rinaldo, the goldsmith, had orders for the shiny stuff that were through the roof. Ryanna, his ravishing wife, spun the gold into royal garments for the Republican guard.
The man who distributed the spirits for the town, drinking imported Reisling at the time, remarked that he had not seen such a robust economy in years!
Finally, Rafael stopped at the Rotgut and Retch Inn for refreshment. At one table sat Ralphino the Naysayer who rarely worked but loved rousing the rabble. He was fond of recounting economic reversals in his life and wagging his finger at everyone who cared to listen, reminding them of the restitution that would have to be made by those refusing to recognize the droppings of the black raven. If pooped black, things were going to be resplendent, if red, the sky would fall. The droppings had shown red, but it was pointed out that this was after the bird was fed raspberry risotto!
Rafael observed that the patrons there were resourceful and responsible. Each was relating how a revolution could never come to pass considering the region's rate of growth. He asked several: recount if you can, any other time when riches were so easily raised? No one could repress such good tidings.
So, our hero was given rarified proof that his reasoning was right on. His research was backed up by the simple ratio of rationality to reality.
The ramparts of the castle were in view now and his heart raced, relieved by the facts of the matter: he could review the evidence with the king and his advisers in a most relaxed manner and reassure the court that the republic was indeed robust. Only the jester continued to rile on... about the 'R' word!
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