And so, Maude told the group what had happened in Red Square on May Day 1933: "the crowd was enormous, rubbernecking and delighted to see Stalin and the other members of the Politburo on the stand, with the Ambassadors, including Sir Palimpsest MacFarlane. the British Ambassador at Uncle Joe's shoulder when, after the drayage of trucks and lorries had passed, along with an impressive display by the Red Army, Stalin raised his hands, appealing for the cheers to subside:" Comrades, Comrades, a most historic event, a Cablegram – of congratulations – from Trotsky!" the hordes cheered and cheered and cheered again, Trotsky, the Hero of the Revolution, now banished from the Soviet Union, was he coming back? flags billowed in the wind, hats thrown up seemed to volplane in the warm air and Stalin read the cable aloud:
COMRADE JOSEPH STALIN
YOU WERE RIGHT AND I WAS WRONG, YOU ARE THE TRUE HEIR OF LENIN, I SHOULD APOLOGISE,
you can imagine what a roar, what an explosion of astonishment, erupted in Red Square now! the people were mafecking in their ecstasy, but in the front row, below the podium. a little tailor called, 'psst! psst! Comrade Stalin,' and Stalin leaned down, and the tailor said 'such a message, Comrade Stalin, for the ages! but you read it without the right feeling!' whereupon Stalin waved his hand and stilled the throng once more: 'Comrades, here is a simple worker, a tailor from Minsk, a loyal Communist, who says I haven't read the message from Trotsky with enough feeling! come, Comrade Worker! up here! you read this historic communication!' so the little tailor went up to the reviewing stand, and took the cablegram from Stalin and read:
'COMRADE JOSEPH STALIN
then he cleared his throat and sang out:
'YOU WERE RIGHT AND I WAS WRONG? YOU ARE THE TRUE HEIR OF LENIN? I SHOULD APOLOGISE???111...
the response was a mixture of laughs from those who got it, and shakes of the head from those who didn't, but it was Sam who said to Peter Boo: "we already know how little separates any two alternatives, so we need to be willing to open our minds to different interpretations and accept that the impossible may well be the truth!" and then he told them what he had learned from Little Levy Balquhidder that very morning.