Varys is key to both the political action of A Song of Ice and Fire and its political wisdom. The core of his political philosophy is encapsulated in a riddle: "In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two...
One fact we learn early on about Varys, and are reminded of frequently, is that he is a eunuch. His castration is one of the central features of his character and lies at the heart of his political wisdom.
"The storms come and go, the waves crash overhead, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling." Politically astute and self-aware, Varys embodies Machiavelli's view that a wise prince cannot keep faith, but rather must of necessity be part man, part beast.
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