A Chekovian Moment in Hanoi's Military Museum

There is something eerily elegant about this French pistol, suspended as if floating in time, in the Military Museum in Hanoi.  In one way it can be seen as a  potted history lesson - a French 'pistole' captured by a Vietnamese man used to fight the Chinese and Japanese. And in  fulfillment of Chekhov's principle, if you bring a gun into a country it becomes a theatre of war.

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