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  • "Would you like to be queen for a day, Miss Annie?"

    The former puppet king's villa, built by the French in the last decades of colonial rule, was now a hotel in Hai Phong. For $200 a night, you, too, could wear the silk robes, sit in the hallowed thrones, and sleep in the chamber of a king who abandoned it all in 1945.

    "No," I replied in good American fashion, "never."
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