By Graham Greene
Rollo Martins' traditional line is the writing of inexpensive paperback Westerns less than the identify of dollar Dexter. but if his previous good friend Harry Lime invitations him to Vienna, he jumps on the likelihood. With precisely 5 kilos in his pocket, he arrives basically simply in time to make it to his friend's funeral. The sufferer of an it sounds as if banal highway twist of fate, the overdue Mr. Lime, it kind of feels, have been the point of interest of a felony research, suspected of not anything below being "the worst racketeer who ever made a grimy residing during this city." Martins is decided to transparent his friend's identify, and starts off an research of his own...
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The porter requested. "No. No, i do not believe so," Martins acknowledged in a muffled voice keeping his handkerchief to his mouth. "I idea probably you are Mr. Dexter. We had a room reserved for per week for Mr. Dexter. " Martins stated, "Oh, i'm Mr. Dexter. " He informed me later that it happened to him that Lime may need engaged him a room in that identify simply because might be it was once dollar Dexter and never Rollo Martins who used to be for use for propaganda reasons. A voice stated at his elbow, "I'm so sorry you weren't met on the airplane, Mr. Dexter. My name's Crabbin. " The speaker used to be a stout middle-aged younger guy with a typical tonsure and one of many thickest pairs of horn-rimmed glasses that Martins had ever obvious. He went apologetically on, "One of our chaps occurred to ring up Frankfurt and heard you have been at the aircraft. H. Q. made one among their ordinary silly errors and stressed out you weren't coming. whatever approximately Sweden however the cable was once badly mutilated. at once I heard from Frankfurt i attempted to satisfy the aircraft, yet I simply neglected you. you were given my word? " Martins held his handkerchief to his mouth and acknowledged obscurely, "Yes. sure? " "May I say right away, Mr. Dexter, how excited i'm to fulfill you? " "Good of you. " "Ever in view that i used to be a boy, i have idea you the best novelist of our century. " Martins winced! It used to be painful commencing his mouth to protest. He took an offended glance as an alternative at Mr. Crabbin, however it was once very unlikely to suspect that younger guy of a pragmatic comic story. "You have a huge Austrian public, Mr. Dexter, either to your originals and your translations. particularly for The Curved Prow, that is my very own favorite. " Martins used to be considering tough. "Did you say—room for every week? " "Yes. " "Very type of you. " "Mr. Schmidt right here provide you with tickets each day, to hide all nutrition. yet I count on you will have a bit pocket cash. we are going to repair that. the next day to come we proposal you want a quiet day—to glance approximately. " "Yes. " "Of direction any people are at your carrier if you would like a advisor. Then the day after the next day within the night there is a little quiet dialogue on the Institute—on the modern novel. We idea maybe you'll say a number of phrases simply to set the ball rolling, after which solution questions. " Martins at that second was once ready to comply with something, to eliminate Mr. Crabbin and in addition to safe a week's unfastened board and accommodation, and Rollo, in fact, as i used to be to find later, had constantly been ready to just accept any suggestion—for a drink, for a woman, for a funny story, for a brand new pleasure. He stated now, "Of direction, of course," into his handkerchief. "Excuse me, Mr. Dexter, have you ever bought a toothache? i do know an outstanding dentist. " "No. a person hit me, that is all. " "Good God. have been they attempting to rob you? " "No, it was once a soldier. i used to be attempting to punch his bloody colonel within the eye. " He got rid of the handkerchief and gave Crabbin a view of his lower mouth. He instructed me that Crabbin was once at an entire loss for phrases: Martins could not comprehend why simply because he had by no means learn the paintings of his nice modern, Benjamin Dexter: he hadn't even heard of him.