By Graham Greene
Raven is an unsightly guy devoted to gruesome deeds. His cold-blooded killing of a eu Minister of warfare is an act of violence with chilling repercussions, not only for Raven himself yet for the country as a complete. the money he gets in money for the homicide is made from stolen notes. while the 1st of those is traced, Raven is a guy at the run. As he tracks down the agent who has been double-crossing him and makes an attempt to elude the police, he turns into either hunter and hunted: an unwitting weapon of an odd form of social justice.
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She was never allowed to know that he was after all just dead. Charlot learned this story slowly, from halfsentences, outbreaks of temper on the part of Madame Mangeot, even from the dreams the two women recounted at breakfast. It wasn't quite the truth, of course--nothing is ever that, and Madame Mangeot's neighbors in Menilmontant would never have recognized this colored version of her commonplace story. Now suddenly she had come into a fortune. It was the complete justification of Madame Mangeot's daydreams, but the stories of her childhood had also warned her that there was such a thing as fairy gold.
Charlot put up the chain and opened the door a few inches only. He could see nothing in the dark outside except the faint glimmer of a collarband. A foot stirred on the gravel and he felt the door strain under a steady pressure against the chain. " The voice gained confidence and command. " the girl said: she had paused halfway down the stairs. A wild hope beat in Charlot's breast, and he called to her in fearful hilarity and relief, "Chavel. " Now, he thought, at last I am really Charlot. Somebody else can bear all the hate...
Had he no possession in the world for which a good price was an insufficient inducement? He was a man who would sell his life... " "We have no reason to be sorry here, Monsieur Chavel. I assure you our attitude has always been strictly correct. " He envied Jules: to have been able to remain "correct": to have saved his self-respect by small doses of rudeness or inattention. But for him--to have remained correct would have meant death. " "A few and they are very slow. They haven't got the fuel. They stop at every station.