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In #Shakespeare's #HenryV, we meet a new man, a different one, from the #PrinceHal of #HenryIV. This is a man's man now. A man possessed of intention and given to execution. He knows what he will do and he does it.
But there are those that only know HenryV as he was when he was Prince Hal. These include his dissolute companion of those earlier days, the knight Falstaff, and the Dauphin of France, the heir apparent to the French throne.
In Act I, Scene 2, the #Dauphin sends an #ambassador to #Englang, rejecting a claim made by #HenryV to certain territories in France (a claim he rested on French laws of inheritance).

The Dauphin's message illuminates his misreading of the man, the King, #HenryV, by the Dauphin.
The Dauphin can only understand #HenryV as an adult #PrinceHal. He cannot grasp the man that has taken the throne, the King that will execute his judgments with resolute will and force.
So, rather than simply sending an Ambassador with a message denying #HenryV's claim, he sends a "gift" with which he that intends to insult the King. The gift is a chest of #tennisballs.
To grasp the insult of responding to the King's demand with the youth's toys, call to mind the pitiful scene of #UncleRico, in #NapoleonDynamite, videorecording himself throwing footballs and attempting to revive the "glory days" of high school football.
Except, here, #HenryV was not trying to regain the glory of earlier days; the Dauphin was blinded to Henry's later metal by Henry's earlier dissolute youth. So he taunted Henry with tennis balls.
We see how that turns out at the end of the day, at Agincourt, when the outnumbered English bested the French on the field of battle, and the French were compelled to sue for peace.
This lesson is one that can be learned, do not trap yourself in a recollection of your opponent's past.
This mistake is being lived out in front of us, over and over again, as those who underestimate the steel, the resolve, and the intention of @realDonaldTrump continue to toss insults and opprobrium at an image they've captured from his younger days.
Of course, ours isn't a kingdom, Trump is not a monarch, and we are not his subjects.

To the eternal consternation of #Leftists, we hired #Trump, we seated him in the Oval Office, not because we loved his dissolute youth, but because we valued his resolute determination.
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