For it was the conviction of both ladies that, under the iron despotism of his senior partners, the young man’s life was spent in the most exhausting professional labours—and he had never thought it necessary to undeceive them.
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He was elected as a constitutional president, but quickly became a despot.
Today’s benign dictator is replaced by tomorrow’s despot.