The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 24

Law Twenty-Four: Play the Perfect Courtier


The courtier today operates in a world where everything is staged around political dexterity and power. A person, therefore, needs to master the power of indirection (Greene 178). The person is, therefore, able to yield some power over the superiors by flattering them and appearing oblique. Where a person applies the laws of courtiership, he attains the opportunity to go beyond his limits. A traveler, in the nineteenth century, took a trip to the court of Darfur in what is currently, Sudan. He realized while at the place that courtiers did everything that the Sultan was doing (Greene 179). If he happened to hurt himself, they would also hurt themselves, knowingly. Thus, there is an indication that historically, people have had to mimic the leader as a form of appeasing him and remaining close to power.

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