Handkerchief and Sword
With handkerchief in one hand and sword in the other. Pretending to be sorry at a calamity, but prepared to make capital out of it.
“Abbé George ... mentions in [a letter] that `Maria Theresa stands
with the handkerchief in one hand, weeping for the woes of Poland, but
with the sword in the other hand, ready to cut Poland in sections, and
take her share.' ” —
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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