Our Man in Havana: An Entertainment (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)

By Graham Greene

Wormold's daughter had reached a pricey age - so he accredited Hawthorne's provide of 300-plus money 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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She requested, 'Where are you going? ' 'There are issues i have to rearrange concerning the horse. ' 'I provide you with loads of trouble,' she acknowledged meaninglessly. Then she sighed with content material, pulling the sheet as much as her neck. 'It's really good, is not it, the way you consistently get what you pray for. ' bankruptcy four At each nook there have been males who referred to as 'Taxi' at him as if he have been a stranger, and all down the Paseo, at durations of some yards the pimps accosted him instantly with none genuine wish. 'Can I be of provider, sir? ' 'I recognize the entire lovely ladies. ' 'You want a attractive girl. ' 'Postcards? ' 'You are looking to see a grimy motion picture? ' they'd been mere teenagers while he first got here to Havana, they'd watched his automobile for a nickel, and even though they'd elderly along him that they had by no means obtained used to him. of their eyes he by no means grew to become a resident; he remained an everlasting vacationer, they usually went pegging alongside -sooner or later, like every the others, they have been sure that he would wish to work out Superman functioning at the San Francisco brothel. a minimum of, just like the clown, that they had the relaxation of now not studying from adventure. through the nook of Virdudes Dr Hasselbacher hailed him from the beauty Bar. 'Mr Wormold, the place are you off to in this sort of hurry? ' 'An appointment. ' 'There is often time for a Scotch. ' It used to be ob- Vj0US from the way in which he reported Scotch that Dr Hasselbacher had already had time for an excellent many. 'I'm overdue because it is. ' 'There's no such factor as overdue during this urban, Mr Wormold. and i've a gift for you. ' Wormold grew to become in to the bar from the Paseo. He smiled unhappily at one in all his personal recommendations. 'Are your sympathies with the East or the West, Hasselbacher? ' 'East or West of what? Oh, you suggest that. a scourge on either. ' 'What current have you ever acquired for me? ' 'I requested one in all my sufferers to carry them from Miami,' Hasselbacher acknowledged. He took from his pocket miniature bottles of whisky: one used to be Lord Calvert, the opposite outdated Taylor. 'Have you were given them? ' he requested with anxiousness. 'I've obtained the Calvert, yet now not the Taylor. It used to be form of you to recollect my assortment, Hasselbacher. ' it usually appeared unusual to Wormold that he persisted to exist for others whilst he was once now not there. 'How many have you ever bought now? ' 'A hundred with the Bourbon and the Irish. Seventy-six Scotch. ' 'When are you going to drink them? ' 'Perhaps after they achieve 200. ' 'Do you recognize what i would do with them if I have been you? ' Hasselbacher acknowledged. 'Play checkers. if you happen to take a section you drink it. ' 'That's fairly an concept. ' 'A ordinary handicap,' Hasselbacher acknowledged. 'That's the wonderful thing about it. the higher participant has to drink extra. reflect on the finesse. Have one other Scotch. ' 'Perhaps i'm going to. ' 'I desire your support. i used to be stung by means of a wasp this morning. ' 'You are the health care professional, no longer me. ' 'That's now not the purpose. One hour later, going out on a ailing name past the airport, I ran over a bird. ' 'I nonetheless do not comprehend. ' 'Mr Wormold, Mr Wormold, your strategies are distant. get back to earth. we need to discover a lottery-ticket without delay, prior to the draw.

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