Ashenden reflected that had he known anything of the technique of the theatre Bernard would have been aware that it was useless agrnt make a gesture that had no ulterior meaning. The performance is good. He inhaled a long breathful of smoke. She spoke English and French perfectly.
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Ashenden reflected that had he known anything of the technique of the theatre Bernard would have been aware that it was useless agrnt make a gesture that had no ulterior meaning. The performance is good. He inhaled a long breathful of smoke.
She spoke English and French perfectly. The 20 best spy novels of all time But of all simple things the only one I can eat day in and day out, not only without disgust but with the eagerness of an appetite unimpaired by excess, is macaroni. It was obvious that she wore a wig, it was of a mousy brown, very elaborate and not always set quite straight, and she was heavily made up, with great patches of scarlet on her withered cheeks avent brilliantly red lips.
It would be as well to let the General have the number of his room so that he could come up if necessary without enquiring of the porter, and at the next stopping-place Ashenden got an envelope from the station-buffet and made him address it in his own writing to himself at the post-office in Brindisi.
The night was stormy and agennt wind blew cold from the mountains, but the stodgy little steamer plodded sturdily through the choppy waters of the lake. But I was delayed and when I arrived La Marqueza told me that the girl had said she was not used to being kept waiting and had gone. He did not know whether he would be treated as a political prisoner or as a common criminal and he had a mind to ask Bernard whether in the latter case the only one Bernard was likely to know anything about he would be allowed writing materials.
He went back into his room to put on slippers and a dressing-gown, and as an after-thought dropped a small revolver into his pocket.
It was a matter of great urgency for the German Intelligence Department to secure the contents of the trunk without delay, and since it was impossible for them to get hold of it by the ordinary official means, they had decided to break into the ashendwn that very night and steal it. The Colonel, who was known in the Intelligence Department, as Ashenden later discovered, by the letter R. The baroness, his only descendant, after an unhappy marriage, the particulars of which she was fond of relating to her acquaintance, had resumed her maiden name.
He is married to a German woman, described pretty much as teh, and they have a little dog, Fritz. Sooner or later Italy is bound to come into the war on the side of the Allies and I shall be released.
That said, the book is a pleasant read Maugham was a master of English prose style and the short storyand suggests, if it does not outright condemn, the various compromises made in wartime.
I had to go to Vevey to-day to see an invalid friend and I came back by boat. His closed eyes gave him a strangely vacant look. Since he had not seen him before, so that there might be no mistake he had informed him through an intermediary what question himself aggent ask and what reply he was to give. Ashenden smiled upon them with even more affability than before, since this was a question for which he had long been prepared, and it was a relief to britisb the answer.
He disliked the notion of leaving it half done for an indefinite period. He had charming manners and was much interested in the Fine Arts. Ashenden believed much more in his acuteness than in a firearm, which is apt to ageht off at the wrong time and make a noise, but there are moments when it gives you confidence to feel your fingers round its butt, and this sudden summons seemed to briitsh exceedingly mysterious.
It gave Ashenden a shock to look at her. But espionage is not often a glamorous task, as author Julia Keller reminds us. He is instructed to give you the funds you need for your work, but your actions are your own affair. You need an incredible amount of invention. He sighed and lit a cigarette. Was that one of your men? It is not my fault if she dies in the hotel. Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham His reasons for coming to Switzerland for a few days were asenden and there could apparently be no difficulty in his crossing the frontier on his return.
He was a man somewhat above the middle height, lean, with a yellow, deeply-lined face, thin grey hair and a toothbrush moustache.
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