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Integrity


Integrity
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.13

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    actuate, book-learning, clemency, demanding, dissemble, doublespeak, fair-minded, illegible, law-breakers, memorabilia, mollycoddle, overture, plurality, politico, propitious, unattainable


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Integrity
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     The man known as Quizzle evidently did not like what he was hearing. He had turned his office chair away from the speaker to stare at the wall, wondering how long the nagging would continue before he could go to lunch. Disagreements seemed to make him especially hungry. He adjusted the cuffs of his dark suit jacket and prayed for patience.
 
2     "A friendly overture to members of the opposition will result in suspicion, not votes," Parzick argued, dropping a slender hand on Quizzle's shoulder. "Braken trusts no one, and he specifically hates you! Furthermore, your affable demeanor may be taken as a sign of weakness by the plurality of voters, my friend."
 
3     Quizzle shrugged, keeping his gaze on the wall map. He ignored the intermittent rumble of his stomach. "I'm not going to dissemble my character just to score points. If the majority of voters want a leader who is known for veracity, they'll choose me, not Braken." He stood and faced his advisor with his hands clasped behind his back. "I'm not the average politico. I will extend the hand of friendship even to my enemies, for how else will I make them my friends? I will remain true to myself, come what may."
 
4     "Can a politician remain true to himself and yet do the will of his constituents at the same time?" Parzick countered, sitting on the edge of Quizzle's desk. "Somewhere during the process you may have to choose between your convictions and the desires of the majority."

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