Whereon old Norway, overcome with joy, Gives him three thousand crowns in annual fee And his commission to employ those soldiers, So levied as before, against the Polack, With an entreaty, herein further shown, That it might please you to give quiet pass Through your dominions for this enterprise, On such regards of safety and allowance As therein are set down.

Wait, wait – so the King of Norway is so thrilled that his nephew did as he was told that he gave him a boatload of money and orders to start a different war than the one he just almost got in trouble for? You catch your nephew about to bully some kid and tell him to stop. Then, when he does, you give him a hefty allowance and point out some other kid to bully, this time with your permission. This does not strike me as either good parenting or good leadership.

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