David asks for current examples of people planning a sack. Nina proffers examples from the current financial meltdown – people planning Ponzi schemes.
Powell comes up again as Jaffier, the competent military strategist who has moral qualms about brutal action against a whole culture – except Powell ultimately does cave in.
Questions of agency – David asks is it necessary to have identifiable characters to blame. Or can we blame systems? This kind of came up earlier tonight when an audience member commented on the updating of the courtesan scene, expressing a certain preference for the older scene in which you can identify particular guilty individuals – in the modern version, there’s just a general world financial order that victimizes individuals.