“It isn’t utility that’s behind his investment in me. Nor necessity, nor dependency. I have earned his respect. I have earned his trust.I have his true friendship, and so he is going to have mine. And as long as that is true, I cannot imagine what is possible.”
When a king brands us pirates, he doesn’t mean to make us adversaries. He doesn’t mean to make us c r i m i n a l s. He means to make us monsters. For that’s the only way his God-fearing, taxpaying subjects can make sense of men who keep what is theirs and fear no one. When I say there’s a war coming, I don’t mean with the Scarborough. I don’t mean with King George or England. Civilization is coming, and it means to exterminate us.