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The Midnight Visitor

时间:2007-6-12栏目:大学英语作文

Ausable did not fit the description of any secret agent. Fowler had ever read about. Following him down the corridor of the old French hotel where Ausable had a room, Fowler felt disappointed. It was a small room, on the sixth and top floor and hardly a setting for a romantic figure.

銆銆 Ausable was, for one thing, fat. Very fat. Very fat. And then there was his accent. Though he spoke French and German fairly well, he had never altogether lost the New England accent he had brought to Pairs from Boston twenty years ago.

銆銆 鈥淵ou are disappointed,鈥?Ausable said over his shoulder. 鈥淵ou were told that I was a secret agent, a spy. You wished to meet me because you are a writer, young and romantic. You expected mysterious figures in the right, the crack of pistols, drugs in the wine.鈥?

銆銆 鈥淚nstead, you have spent a whole evening in a French music hall with a dirty顎憀ooking fat man who, instead of having messages slipped into his hand by dark -- eyed beauties, gets only an ordinary telephone call making an appointment in his room. You have been bored!鈥?The fat man laughted quietly as he unlocked the door of his room and stood aside to let his guest enter.

銆銆 鈥淏ut take cheer, my young friend,鈥?Ausable told him.

銆銆 鈥淪oon you will see a paper, a quite important paper for which several men and women have risked their lives, come to me in the next顎憈o顎憀ast step of its journey into official hands. Some day that paper may well affect the course of history. In that thought is drama, is there not?鈥?As he spoke, Ausable closed the door behind him. Then he turned on the light.

銆銆 And as the light came on, Fowler had his first shock of the day. For halfway across the room, a small pistol in his hand, stood a man. Ausable blinked a few times.

銆銆 鈥淢ax,鈥?he said, 鈥測ou gave me quite a start. I thought you were in Berlin. What are you doing in my room?鈥?

銆銆 Max was thin, not tall, and with a face that suggested the look

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