This dead man is bound up with my life, therefore I must do everything, promise everything in order to save myself; I swear blindly that I mean to live only for his sake and his family, with wet lips I try to placate him—and deep down in me lies the hope that I may buy myself off in this way and perhaps even get out of this; it is a little stratagem:
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She’s trying to walk a line that will placate both farmers and environmentalists.
The dictator is trying to placate the people by giving them a voice in local government.