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The Proposal
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Story Behind The Art
Recruiting spies is a discouraging profession. Just when you smell success, the target rebuffs your approach. In that case, you may decide to make a straightforward proposal. After all, you have little to lose. The case officer here is swinging for the fences. He struck out with more subtle approaches, so he boldly extends a flower—his offer—right in front of everyone. The piano player seems to be thinking, "Who do you think you are?" The handler knows his approach is likely to fail, but it's all he has left, and the potential benefits are so significant he has no choice. Hope springs eternal.