By Graham Greene
Wormold's daughter had reached a pricey age - so he authorised Hawthorne's provide of 300-plus cash a month and have become Agent 59200/5, MI6's guy in Havana. to maintain the task, he pretends to recruit sub-agents and sends pretend tales. Then they arrive actual.
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This stricken him. He had despatched Lopez out to shop for all of the executive papers he may well receive at the sugar and tobacco industries -it was once Lopez' first venture, and every day now he spent hours examining the neighborhood papers so one can mark any passage whic1 may certainly be utilized by the professor or the engineer; it used to be not going that anybody in Kingston or London studied the day-by-day papers of Havana. Even he stumbled on a brand new international in these badly revealed pages; might be some time past he had depended an excessive amount of at the big apple instances or usher in Tribune for his photo of the area. not far away from the beauty Bar a woman were stabbed to loss of life; 'a martyr for love'. Havana used to be choked with martyrs of 1 variety or one other. a guy misplaced a fortune in a single evening on the Tropicana, climbed at the level, embraced a colored singer, then ran his vehicle into the harbour and was once drowned. one other guy elaborately strangled himself with a couple of braces. there have been miracles too; a virgin wept salt tears and a candle lit prior to our woman of Guadalupe burnt inexplicably for one week, from a Friday to a Friday. From this photograph of violence and keenness and love the sufferers of Captain Segura have been on my own excluded -they suffered and died with no advantage of Press. the commercial file proved to be a tedious chore, for Wormold had by no means learnt to variety with greater than hands or to take advantage of the tabulator on his computing device. It was once essential to adjust the legit information in case anyone within the head place of work inspiration to check the 2 stories, and occasionally Wormold forgot he had altered a determine. Addition and subtraction have been by no means his powerful issues. A decimal element received shifted and needed to be chased up and down a dozen columns. It was once a bit like steerage a miniature vehicle in a slot desktop. After per week he started to fear in regards to the absence of replies. Had Hawthorne smelt a rat? yet he used to be quickly inspired via a summons to the Consulate, the place the bitter clerk passed him a sealed envelope addressed for no cause he may well comprehend to 'Mr Luke Penny'. contained in the outer envelope used to be one other envelope marked 'Henry Leadbetter. Civilian study Services'; a 3rd envelope was once inscribed 59200/5 and contained 3 months' wages and charges in Cuban notes. He took them to the financial institution in Obispo. 'Office account, Mr Wormold? ' 'No. own. ' yet he had a feeling of guilt because the teller counted; he felt as if he had embezzled the company's funds. bankruptcy 2 Ten days handed and no note reached him. He could not even ship his financial document till the notional agent who provided it have been traced and licensed. The time arrived for his annual stopover at to shops open air Havana, at Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara and Santiago. these cities he was once within the behavior of vacationing by means of highway in his historical Hillman. sooner than leaving he despatched a cable to Hawthorne. 'On pretext of traveling sub-agents for vacuums suggest to enquire percentages for recruitment port of Matanzas, commercial centre Santa Clara, naval headquarters Cienfuegos and dissident centre Santiago calculate bills of trip fifty cash an afternoon.