Chapter: The Army on the March 9.38
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When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.

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Messages from the enemy should always be treated with great caution. When they seem particularly concerned to flatter you, this may be a ploy. It may also be a conciliatory approach.

Understand the bigger situation. When you are clearly dominant, messengers are more likely to seek peace.