3586. The system was very new, the electric circuit very primitive, and so the little train seemed intent on defying the Tsars control.
3588. The Tsar was no fool however, and he liked to test his ministers in this way by making them observe his seemingly pointless behavior, and then to study their reactions.
3589. He was happy to see suppressed signs of anxiety, because it denoted a capacity for independent thought. If there was one thing the Tsar could not stand it was having obsequious lackeys for ministers; anyone without a reaction to his foolishness earned a demerit in the Tsar’s book, but the Tsar was not being in any way foolish as he toyed with his trains. On the contrary, he was absorbed in saving his empire from impending destruction.