“The most important thing to know about Margaretha Zelle is that she loved men. The most crucial…”

“The most important thing to know about Margaretha Zelle is that she loved men. The most crucial thing to know about her is that she did not love truth. When it was convenient, she told the truth. When it was not, or when she found the truth tedious, she invented what might be kindly called “alternative truths”—and unkindly, “lies.” For her, what was factually true never seemed as essential as what should have been true.”

Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and The Unknown Life of Mata Hari by Pat Shipman
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