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It was only after he had entered the diplomatic world, and, even more, when Harriet’s death in 1964 left him with no place else to go, that he came to value the farm more and to regard it as his real home. He made many friends in the neighborhood both among the year-round residents and the summer people who came up from New York and Boston. The Dummerston house also provided the setting in which he cultivated, during his diplomatic career, the persona of the upright ‘‘ﬂinty Vermonter’’ of Yankee twang and cool demeanor.
Instead, in his mid-ﬁfties, with thirty-ﬁve years of service to the National, he was considering retiring. He and Harriet would spend summers, he thought, at Dummerston Downs and winters in Brazil with their daughter and her family. In any event, he was ready for a change, but with no real inkling of the direction that change would take him. Then a call came from his old friend Dean Acheson, now secretary of state. Acheson asked him to become President Harry S. Truman’s ambassador to Argentina.
40 He remained thoroughly involved until he left Buenos Aires, making the rounds of Argentine oﬃcials, American businessmen, and his fellow diplomats, and reporting his ﬁndings as carefully as before. ) But as was usually the practice in Bunker’s conversations with Perón, little substantive business seems to have been discussed. S. 42 The message was prompted by his conviction that Argentine foreign policy had signiﬁcantly shifted during his time in the country. The ‘‘Third Position,’’ once equidistant between capitalism and communism, had become instead a policy of striking almost exclusively at the United States.