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О.А. Морозова
Печатается по решению
Редакционно-издательского совета
Казанского федерального университета
Елабужский филиал
Морозова О.А. Тихий Американец: сборник упражнений
по развитию навыков устной речи. Учебно-методическое
пособие по книге для домашнего чтения на английском
предназначено для студентов английского отделения
филологического факультета университета. Оно включает
в себя разработку уроков по домашнему чтению по роману
одного из самых талантливых и значительных писателей
современной Англии Грэма Грина «Тихий американец».
Система упражнений рассчитана на тренировку
труднопроизносимых слов, развитие навыков устной речи,
формирование навыков лингвистического анализа текста,
обогащение словарного запаса студентов. Основная цель
пособия показать возможные пути и методы работы над
романом на занятиях по домашнему чтению.
Graham Greene
Henry Graham Greene, (2 October 1904 – 3
April 1991) was an English author, playwright and
literary critic. His works explore the ambivalent moral
and political issues of the modern world. Greene was
notable for his ability to combine serious literary
acclaim with widespread popularity.
Henry Graham Greene was born in 1904 in St.
John’s House, a boarding house of Berkhamsted
School on Chesham Road in Berkhamsted,
Hertfordshire, England, where his father was
housemaster. He was the fourth of six children.
After graduating with a second-class degree in
History, Greene worked for a period of time as a
private tutor and then turned to journalism – first in
the Nottingham Journal, and then as a sub-editor in
The Times. While in Nottingham he started
corresponding with Vivien Dayrell-Browning, a
Catholic convert, who had written to him to correct
him on a point of Catholic doctrine. Greene converted
to Catholicism in 1926 when he was baptized in
February of that year. He married Vivien in 1927; and
they had two children, Lucy Caroline and Francis. In
1948 Greene separated amicably from Vivien.
Although he had other relationships, he never
divorced or remarried.
The literary style of Graham Greene was
described by Evelyn Waugh in Commonweal as "not a
specifically literary style at all. The words are
functional, devoid of sensuous attraction, of ancestry,
and of independent life". Commenting on this lean,
realistic prose and its readability, Richard Jones wrote
in the Virginia Quarterly Review that "nothing
deflects Greene from the main business of holding the
reader's attention.” His novels often have religious
themes at the centre. Only in recovering the religious
element, the awareness of the drama of the struggle in
the soul carrying the infinite consequences of
salvation and damnation, and of the ultimate
metaphysical realities of good and evil, sin and divine
grace, could the novel recover its dramatic power.
Suffering and unhappiness are omnipresent in the
world Greene depicts; and Catholicism is presented
against a background of unvarying human evil, sin,
and doubt. V.S. Pritchett praised Greene as the first
English novelist since Henry James to present, and
grapple with, the reality of evil. Greene concentrated
on portraying the characters' internal lives – their
mental, emotional, and spiritual depths.
1. The Man Within.
3. The Name of Action.
4. Rumour at Nightfall.
6. It's a Battlefield.
7. England Made Me.
8. A Gun for Sale.
11.The Power and the
21. A Sense of Reality.
22. The Comedians.
23. May We Borrow
24. Travels with My
25. A Sort of Life.
27. The Human Factor.
28. Doctor Fischer of
12. The Ministry of Fear.
13. The Heart of the
14. The Third Man.
15. The End of the Affair.
16. Twenty-One Stories.
17. Loser Takes All.
18. The Quiet American.
19. Our Man in Havana.
20. A Burnt-Out Case.
29. Ways of Escape.
30.Monsignor Quixote.
31. Getting to Know the
32. The Tenth Man.
33. The Captain and the
34. The Last Word.
35. No Man's Land.
The Quiet American is an anti-war novel by
British author Graham Greene, first published in the
United Kingdom in 1955 and in the United States in
1956. It was adapted into films in 1958 and 2002.
Thomas Fowler is a British journalist in his
fifties who has been covering the French war in
Vietnam for over two years. He meets a young
American idealist named Alden Pyle, who lives his
life and forms his opinions based on the books written
by York Harding, who writes books on foreign policy,
with no real experience in matters of Southeast Asia at
all. Harding's theory is that neither Communism or
colonialism are the answer in foreign lands like
Vietnam, but rather a "Third Force" — usually a
combination of traditions — works best. When Pyle
and Fowler first meet, Pyle says he would be delighted
if Fowler could help him understand more about the
country. Fowler is much older, more realistic and
more cynical.
Fowler has a live-in lover, Phuong, who is only
20 years old and was previously a dancer at The Arcen-Ciel (Rainbow) on Jaccareo Road, in Cholon. Her
sister's intent is to arrange a marriage for Phuong that
will benefit herself and her family. The sister
disapproves of their relationship, as Fowler is already
married and an atheist. So, at a dinner with Fowler and
Phuong, Pyle meets her sister, who immediately starts
questioning Pyle about his viability for marriage with
Phuong. Towards the end of the dinner, Pyle dances
with Phuong, and Fowler notes how poorly he dances.
Fowler goes to the city to cover a battle there.
Pyle travels there to tell him that he has been in love
with Phuong since the first night he saw her, and that
he wants to marry her. They make a toast to nothing
and Pyle leaves the next day. Fowler gets a letter from
Pyle thanking him for being so nice. The letter annoys
Fowler because of Pyle's arrogant confidence that
Phuong will leave Fowler to marry him. Meanwhile,
Fowler's editor wants him to transfer back to England.
Pyle comes to Fowler's place and they ask
Phuong to choose between them. She chooses Fowler,
unaware that he is up for a transfer. Fowler writes to
his wife to ask for a divorce in front of Phuong.
Fowler and Pyle meet again in a war zone. They
end up in a tower, and their discussion topics range
from their sexual experiences to religion. As they
escape, Pyle saves Fowler's life. Fowler goes back to
Saigon, where he lies to Phuong that his wife will
divorce him. Pyle exposes the lie and Phuong moves
in with Pyle. After receiving a letter from Fowler, his
editor decides that he can stay in Indo-China for
another year. Fowler goes into the midst of the
battlefield to cover the unfolding events.
When Fowler returns to Saigon, he goes to
Pyle's office to confront him, but Pyle is out. Pyle
comes over later for drinks and they talk about his
upcoming marriage to Phuong. Later that week, a car
bomb is detonated and many innocent civilians are
killed from the blast. Fowler puts the pieces together
and realizes that Pyle is behind the bombing.
Realizing that Pyle is causing innocent people to die,
Fowler takes part in an assassination plot against him.
Although the police believe that Fowler is involved,
they cannot prove anything. Phuong goes back to
Fowler as if nothing had ever happened. In the last
chapter, Fowler receives a telegram from his wife in
which she states that she has changed her mind and
that she will start divorce proceedings. The novel ends
with Fowler reflecting on his first meeting with
Phuong, and the death of Pyle.
Thomas Fowler is a British journalist in his fifties
who has been covering the French war in Vietnam for
over two years. He has become a very jaded and
cynical man. He meets Alden Pyle and finds him
naïve. Throughout the book Fowler is often caught in
lies and sometimes there may be speculation that he is
lying to himself. Fowler's relationship with
Vietnamese woman Phuong often fuels the conflict in
the story, especially between Fowler and Pyle. Fowler
is also used as a metaphor to describe the character.
The word foul is relatively similar to his last name and
connections can be made about the character's actions
in the book.
Alden Pyle is the "quiet American" of the title. A CIA
agent working under cover, Pyle is thoughtful, softspoken, intellectual, serious, and idealistic. He comes
from a privileged East Coast background. His father is
a renowned professor of underwater erosion who has
appeared on the cover of Time magazine; his mother
is well respected in their community. Pyle is a brilliant
graduate of Harvard University. He has studied
theories of government and society, and is particularly
devoted to a scholar named York Harding. Harding's
theory is that neither Communism nor colonialism is
the answer in foreign lands like Vietnam, but rather a
"Third Force", usually a combination of traditions,
works best. Pyle has read Harding's numerous books
many times and has adopted Harding's thinking as his
own. Pyle also strives to be a member of this "Third
Force". U.S. military counter-insurgency expert
Edward Lansdale, who was stationed in Vietnam
1953-1957, is sometimes incorrectly cited as a model
for Pyle's character.
Phuong, Fowler’s lover at the beginning of the novel,
is a beautiful young Vietnamese woman who stays
with him for security and protection, and leaves him
for the same reason. She is viewed by Fowler as a
lover to be taken for granted and by Pyle as a delicate
flower to be protected, but Greene never makes clear
which, if either, of these views is actually the truth.
Pyle's desire for Phuong was largely interpreted by
critics to parallel his desire for a non-communist
South Vietnam. Her character is never fully developed
or revealed. Some [who?] say she was intentionally
underdeveloped by Graham Greene in order to
symbolize the silence of her country, Vietnam. She is
never able to show her emotions, as her older sister
makes decisions for her. She is named after, but not
based on, a Vietnamese friend of Greene's.
Vigot, a French inspector at the Sûreté, investigates
Pyle's death. He is a man torn between doing his duty
(pursuing Pyle's death and questioning Fowler) and
doing what is best for the country (letting the matter
go). He and Fowler are oddly akin in some ways, both
faintly cynical and weary of the world; hence their
discussion of Blaise Pascal. But they are divided by
the differences in their faith: Vigot is a Roman
Catholic and Fowler an atheist.
Miss Hei, Phuong's older sister, Miss Hei, considers it
her mission in life to get Phuong married to a
Westerner who can support their family. She does not
like Fowler because he is married already. Miss Hei
believes that Fowler manipulated Phuong into a live-in
relationship behind her back. She is mentally sharper
than Phuong and catches Fowler in his lies. From the
moment Miss Hei meets Pyle, she sizes him up as a
better marriage prospect for Phuong. Pyle does favors
for Miss Hei, such as getting her a job, in order to
improve his chances with Phuong.
Granger, this American is a crude, loud man who is a
journalist and colleague of Fowler. His son has polio
but recovers after almost dying from it. Granger is the
stereotypical bad American who drinks too much and
uses foreign women as toys, but is devoted to his own
family. His character runs counterpoint to Pyle's.
Trouin, Captain Trouin is a French pilot who tries to
convince Fowler to take sides in the war. He speaks
very articulately about emotion being necessary to
human life and making moral judgments, and that one
is not human until one takes sides on issues.
General The, the leader of the "Third Force," he has
the secret support of Pyle. The former Caodaist Chief
of Staff, General The fights against both the Vietminh
and the French. He mistakenly drops a two-hundred
pound bomb in Saigon because he believes it will hit
military targets participating in a parade. He did not
know the parade was cancelled. Consequently, most of
the people killed by his bomb were innocent civilians.
Dominguez, Dominguez helps Fowler gather news
and exposes Pyle's true mission in Viet Nam. A very
kind and gentle man, Dominguez is a vegetarian who
will not take any life, even an insect. He leads Fowler
to discover Pyle's true identity.
Monsieur Muoi, Muoi is a strange man and an opium
addict who owns the warehouse and garage where
Diloactin is imported and used to make bombs.
Heng, Fowler meets Heng through Dominguez. Heng
and his men are the ones who kill Pyle. Heng arranges
for Fowler to give a signal so that Heng can recognize
Assignment 1.
1. Life – story of Graham Greene and his
literary career
2. Expressions to be remembered:
to make jests
to fall back on
to make money out of girls
to act irrationally
at latest
to make a fuss about nothing
to find a culprit
to hate smb’s guts
to skate over
to keep one's dignity
to while away the time
to get mixed up
to break bad news
to play fair
the smell of ammonia
abruptness of smb’s refusal
3. Recall the situations from the novel in which
the following word-combinations were used,
make up your own sentences, using them.
4. Translate the sentences into English:
1. Запах нашатырного спирта в больницах всегда
раздражал его.
2. Американский учёный пытался применить
идею на практике много лет, но всё тщетно.
3. Я рассчитывал на нашу встречу. Но
внезапность твоего отказа испугала меня.
4. Я по горло сыт твоим поведением. Ты всегда
прерываешь меня.
5. В тот вечер я чувствовал странное утомление,
как будто как будто не спал сто лет.
6. Детский паралич одно из страшнейших
7. Ты не можешь поступать неразумно всегда,
когда тебе этого хочется.
5. Transcribe and pronounce, give Russian
equivalents for the English words:
indigenous, squatted, trishaw, fabulous, fragile,
morose, phoenix, cavity, monsieur, closet, garage,
6. Copy out the sentences from the text with the
following word combinations. Make your
own sentences with them:
do hair, do for smb, do good to smb, do a lot of
7. Explain what way the writer describes the
difference between Phuong and Pile.
8. Be ready to discuss the following:
1) Phuong's reaction and her emotional state when
she learnt that Pyle had been killed;
2) Fowler's attitude and impressions of the South
3) Fowler's attitude towards the Americans.
9. Answer the following questions:
1. Why do you think the writer has called
his novel “The Quiet American“? Who
was the first to use this word in order to
characterize Pile?
2. Why was Fowler summoned to the police
late at night? What makes us think that
Fowler knew of Pyle’s death before
3. What was Phuong’s reaction when she
knew about Pyle’s death?
4. Why do we come to the conclusion that
Fowler knew about Pyle’s death before
5. What is a mandarin, a trishaw?
10. Give the summary of the first chapter using
your first impressions of the main heroes (Phuong,
Fowler and Pyle).
Assignment 2.
1. Expressions to be remembered:
to brief smb. on the main points
to tell smth. in confidence
take charge of
between you and me
death takes people in different way
to watch smb with pained perplexity
to take no action
to rule smb out
to take a suspicious look at
to be in one’s element
to sell services for money or revenge
to take up our old life together
to shrink up within himself
to take charge of
to be tired of the whole pack of them
to have one’s heart in one’s in one’s mouth
2. Recall the situations from the novel in which
these word-combinations were used. Use word –
combinations in your own situations.
3. Make up your own dialogue, using the
following colloquial phrases:
1. Nothing to worry about. 2. Of course that’s another
matter. 3. I didn’t care a damn. 4. But between you
and me. 5. You know really it’s as clear as a daylight.
6. What about? Any news?
Reproduce the dialogue between Fowler and Vigot:
“Any news?” I asked.
“We found his car in the garage. It’s empty of petrol.
He must have gone off last night in a trishaw—or in
somebody else’s car. Perhaps the petrol was drained
“He might even have walked,” I said. “You know
what Americans are.”
“Your car was burnt, wasn’t it?” he went thoughtfully
on. “You haven’t a new one yet?”
“It’s not an important point.”
“Have you any views?” he asked.
“Too many,” I said.
“Tell me.”
“Well, he might have been murdered by the Vietminh.
They have murdered plenty of people in Saigon. His
body was found in the river by the bridge to Dakow—
Vietminh territory when your police withdraw at
night. Or he might have been killed by the Vietnamese
Surete—it’s been known. Perhaps they didn’t like his
friends. Perhaps he was killed by Caodaists because he
knew General The.”
“Did he?”
“They say so. Perhaps he was killed by General The
because he knew the Caodaists. Perhaps he was killed
by the Hoa-Haos for making passes at the General’s
concubines. Perhaps he was just killed by someone
who wanted his money.”
“Or a simple case of jealousy,” Vigot said.
“Or perhaps by the French Surete,” I continued,
“because they didn’t like his contacts. Are you really
looking for the people who killed him?”
“No,” Vigot said. “I’m just making a report, that’s all.
So long as it’s an act of war—well, there are
thousands killed every year.”
“You can rule me out,” I said. “I’m not involved. Not
involved,” I repeated. It had been an article of my
creed. The human condition being what it was, let
them fight, let them love, let them murder, I would not
be involved. My fellow journalists called themselves
correspondents; I preferred the title of reporter. I wrote
what I saw. I took no action—even an opinion is a
kind of action.
“What are you doing here?”
“I’ve come for Phuong’s belongings. Your police
wouldn’t let her in.”
“Well, let us go and find them.”
“It’s nice of you, Vigot.”
4. Discuss the features of Pyle’s character,
revealed in the 2nd chapter:
1. I had seen him last September coming across
the square towards the bar of the Continental:
an unmistakably young and unused face flung at
us like a dart. With his gangly legs and his
crew-cut and his wide campus gaze he seemed
incapable of harm.
2. He was absorbed already in the dilemmas of
Democracy and the
responsibilities of the
West: he was determined – I learnt that very
soon – to do well, not to any individual person
but to a country, a continent, a world.
3. Pyle was quiet; he seemed modest sometimes
that first day I had to lean forward to catch what
he was saying. And he was very, very serious.
Several times he seemed to shrink up within
himself at the noise of the American Press on
the terrace above. But he criticized nobody.
4. I was to learn later that he had an enormous
respect for what he called serious writers. That
term excluded novelists, poets and dramatists
unless they had what he called a contemporary
theme, and even it was better to read the strait
stuff as you got it from York. I liked his loyalty
to Harding – whoever Harding was. It was a
change from the denigration of the Pressmen
and their immature cynicism.
“York, “ Pyle said, “wrote that what the East
needed was a Third Force.” Perhaps
I should
have seen that fanatic gleam, the quick response
to a phrase, the magic sound of figures: Fifth
Column, Third Force, Seventh Day. I might
have saved all of us a lot of trouble, even Pyle,
if I had realized the direction of that
indefatigable young brain.
5. He (the Economic Attaché) said in a low voice,
tense with ambiguity, “he had special duties.
“Oh yes, we all guessed that.”
“He didn’t talk, did he?”
“Oh, no,” I said, and Vigot’s phrase came back
to me. ‘he was a very quiet
“Have you any hunch?” he asked, “why they
killed him? and who?”
Suddenly I was angry. I said, ”Yes. They killed
him because he was too innocent to live. He
was young and ignorant and silly and he got
involved. He had no more of a notion than any
of you what the whole affair’s about, and you
gave him money and York Harding’s books on
the East and said, ‘Go ahead. Win the East for
Democracy.’ He never saw anything he had
heard in a lecture hall, and his writers and his
lecture made a fool of him. When he saw a dead
body he couldn’t even see the wounds. A Red
menace, a soldier of democracy.
5. Answer the following questions:
1. What ideas from the works of York
Harding did Pyle accept as his life-style?
2. When do the native people celebrate the
Chinese New Year?
3. What do we learn about Pyle’s views and
aims of his stay in Viet-Nam from the
dialogue between Vigot and Fowler?
4. How does the author reveal Fowler’s
views on life and death, love and religion,
war and the fate of people in Viet-Nam?
Assignment 3.
1. Expressions to be remembered:
content to be together
to beam down at smb.
these guys are real keen
to keep smb. out of a scrap
to be a pray to untidy passion
to put on weight
a long and frustrating courtship
to be out of bounds
she was a very literal woman
to long for smb.
to sniff the battle like war horses
the turn of the evening
it makes for the stability
to own oneself completely
to intercept smb.
2. Recall the situations from the novel in
which these word-combinations were used.
3. Translate the following sentences into
English using active vocabulary:
1. Довольные тем, что вместе, они решили
отправиться в путешествие.
2. Она знала о своей склонности к полноте и
поэтому старалась избегать жирной и
калорийной пищи.
3. С ней было бесполезно разговаривать на
политические темы или о том, что касалось
каких-то других серьезных проблем, она
всегда все понимала буквально.
4. Долгое безнадежное ухаживание приводило
его к унынию, казалось, они никогда не
будут вместе.
5. Я смотрел на девушку, не отрывая глаз, она
сидела спокойно, с полным самообладанием,
медленно пила апельсиновый сок.
6. После того, как она меня покинула, мне
очень хотелось радикально изменить свою
7. Они никогда не одевались небрежно, не
говорили неуместных слов, не были жертвой
грязных страстей.
4. Translate the extract from the chapter into
It had been a long and frustrating courtship. If I
could have offered marriage and a settlement
everything would have been easy, and the elder sister
would have slipped quietly and tactfully away
whenever we were together. But three months passed
before I saw her so much as momentarily alone, on a
balcony at the Majestic, while her sister in the next
room kept on asking when we proposed to come in. A
cargo boat from France was being unloaded in Saigon
River by the light of flares, the trishaw bells rang like
telephones, and I might have been a young and
inexperienced fool for all I found to say. I went back
hopelessly to my bed in the rue Catinat and never
dreamed that four months later she would be lying
beside me, a little out of breath, laughing as though
with surprise because nothing had been quite what she
5. Give a short description of Phuong, using the
following similes and metaphors:
1) the hiss of steam, the clink of a cup, a certain
hour of the night, the promise of rest;
2) her bones were as fragile as a bird’s;
3) she was indigenous like a herb;
4) like a child trying to concentrate, frowning;
5) sometimes she seemed invisible like peace.
6. Answer the questions and discuss the points:
1. Speak on the way Fowler introduces the Economic
2. Why, do you think, the Economic Attache looked at
Fowler with disapproval when Fowler said he got tired
of flying four hours for the Press Conference?
3. Speak on the episode with Granger's appearing at
the Continental. What means and devices does the
writer use to render the state of being drunk of the
man named Mick?
4. What impression does Granger and his manners
produce? Speak on the way he treated Phuong.
5. What was the Attache's reaction to Granger's rough
6. Speak on the way Granger reported about the war.
How does it characterize his attitude to it? What way
did Granger regard his job in Vietnam? Did he find it
7. Why, do you think, Pyle frowned at his beer?
8. Speak on the impression the House of the Hundred
Girls produce. Was it the right place for Pyle to go
9. What was the main point of Miss Hei's speech?
Who was it mainly addressed to?
10. Why, do you think, Fowler regarded it the best
time for him to go to the war while other
correspondents were all back?
11. How does the writer tell us about Fowler’s point
of view on life and death, love and religion, war and
fate of people in Viet-Nam?
12. Under what circumstances did Fowler, Pyle and
Phuong meet for the first time?
7. Summarize Chapter 3.
Assignment 4.
1. Expressions to be remembered. Translate these
expressions and make up your own sentences:
to be an easy target
to lose control over procession
at the ready
in single file
to get one’s bearing
to play at that game
to go on a stroll
sooner or later
to have one’s heart in one’s mouth
to get smb on the raw
to fill in the gap
to discuss a person behind his back
to break the future gently
put one’s cards on the table
to be at a loss
to be aware of
to have one’s interests at heart
to sting smb into admission
to be over-run
2. Translate
1. Он мог одурачить всех, кто находился в его
2. Она осмотрелась, взяла термос и заполнила
его чаем.
3. Вся военная техника находилась на полигоне.
4. Военные меняли свое положение изо дня в
день, исходя из тактических действий.
5. Солдат испуганно произнес, что миномет все
еще не готов к учебным действиям.
6. У нее была необъяснимая тяга к сладкому.
7. Привычный ход мыслей уже сломан; мир
снова изменился.
8. Ученик должен заполнить все пробелы в
памяти, перед тем как сдаст экзамен.
9. Мы гуськом пробирались по узкой тропинке.
10. Репортер написал статью о создании новой
11. Команда была рада, что смогла задать жару
12. Враги были отброшены назад.
3. Transcribe and pronounce:
parachute, panorama, pumice, canal, breviary,
medieval, lieutenant, precinct, colonel, front,
contents, patrol, placard.
4. Reproduce some episodes from the life of the
characters, using the following expressions:
To put one’s cards on the table, to have one’s heart
in one’s mouth, to pull smb’s leg, to discuss a
person behind his back, hope against hope, to get
one’s bearing, to get smb. on the raw, to fill in the
gap, a train of thought, in single file.
5. Translate the extract from English into
Солдаты поглядели на воду, а потом, как по
команде, отвернулись. Я не сразу разглядел то,
что увидели они, а когда разглядел, мне
комедианты в женском платье, восторженно
свиставшие летчики и слова Пайла: "неприличное
Канал был полон трупов; он напоминал мне
похлебку, в которой чересчур много мяса. Трупы
налезали один на другой; чья-то голова, серая,
как у тюленя, и безликая, как у каторжника, с
бритым черепом, торчала из воды, точно буек.
Крови не было: вероятно, ее давно уже смыло
водой. Сколько же тут мертвецов, - их, верно,
накрыло перекрестным огнем, когда они
отступали; каждый из нас на берегу, должно быть,
подумал: то же самое может случиться и со мной.
Я тоже отвел глаза; мне не хотелось напоминания
о том, как мало мы значим, как быстро и
неразборчиво настигает нас смерть. Хотя рассудок
и примирял меня с мыслью о ней, меня пугали ее
объятия, как девственницу пугают объятия любви.
Хорошо, если бы смерть предупредила меня о
своем приходе, дала мне время подготовиться.
6. Read and translate the following sentences,
recollect the situations:
1. Rubble and broken glass and the smell of burnt
paint and plaster, the long street empty as far as the
sight could reach, it reminded me of London
thoroughfare in the early morning after an all clear:
one expected to see a placard, „Unexploded
2. Words came over the wireless and we went in
silence, to the right the straight canal, to the left low
scrub and fields and scrub again. „All clear,“ the
lieutenant whispered with a reassuring wave as we
7. Comment on the dialogue between Pile and
Fowler (p.78-84). Speak on Fowler’s ironic
attitude to Pyle’s serious manners and
intentions, to his idealization of love.
8. Translate the following sentences into English
using corresponding equivalents from the text:
1. На таком расстоянии война выглядела
прилизанной и аккуратной.
2. Фасад офицерского собрания, словно ветром
снесло, а дома напротив, лежали в
3. Видно, вам ни в чем не приходилось
4. Из ящиков он соорудил небольшую
подставку для зеркала и бритвенных
5. Он обладает несметным богатством: он
может предложить ей солидное положение
в обществе.
6. Он не способен был представить себе, что
может испытать боль или подвергнуться
опасности, как и понять, какую боль
причиняет другим.
7. Вы вели себя просто великолепно, и я
совсем не чувствую себя подлецом.
8. Полковник сообщает, что неприятель
потерпел серьезное поражение и понес
тяжелые потери.
9. Полковник терпеливо плел паутину лжи,
отлично зная, что ее сметет следующий
10. После наступления темноты в Ханое
становится холодно, а свет здесь горит не
так ярко, как в Сайгоне.
11. Его тоже не очень-то тянуло домой.
9. Answer the questions:
1. What was Fowler’s attitude towards the
imperialistic war conducted by French colonizers in
2. In what way did he describe the tragic events in
Phat Diem? Give the examples from the book.
3. What made Pyle come to Phat Diem at the
height of fighting?
4. What was the attitude of Pyle and Fowler
towards Phuong? What was the difference between
Fowler and Pile in their attitude to Phuong? What
did the loss of Phuong mean to both of them?
5. How does the author present the contrast
between the psychological world of Fowler and
10. Make a plan for the chapter and retell it
according to your plan.
Assignment 5.
1. Expressions to be remembered. Recall the
situations in which you come across the following
expressions and translate them into Russian:
to pull one’s leg
to be engaged in smth
to withdraw
personal grounds
to become a subject to sly jokes
to knock smb down
to gloss smth over
to run amok
to be on one’s best behavior
Fire away!
to be generous
to subject smb to smth
a long train of thoughts
to talk at random
to take to smb.
personal grounds
for private reasons
2. Make up dialogues, using expressions.
3. Translate the following sentences, using the
1. Разыграть мистера Раймонда была не самая
лучшая идея, судя по его реакции на эту
безобидную шутку.
2. Тот факт, что он больше ничего не может
поделать, взбесил его еще больше.
3. Магазинчик миссис Паттерсон пользовался
огромной популярностью. Она всегда была очень
4. Ну что? Выкладывай! Что тебя привело ко мне в
такую рань?
5. Детектив сразу понял, что обвиняемый был
замешан в этом непростом деле.
6. Они беззаботно проболтали весь вечер о всякой
ерунде и даже не заметили, как все гости уже
разошлись по домам.
7. Новый роман был в самом разгаре событий, и
каждый раз, когда он садился за стол, поток новых
идей возникал в его голове.
8. Все считали ее очень высокомерной особой,
потому что она вела себя чересчур высокомерно.
9. О ее провале на экзамене знала вся школа, и она
наверняка уже стала очередным поводом для
10. Он давно хотел покинуть злополучный город,
который принес ему столько страданий.
4. Transcribe and pronounce:
bias, resign, solemnly, surreptitious, tough, chauffeur,
forehead, paunch, wrap, muscles, pellet, knead,
5. Consult the English Verbal Collocations
Dictionary for the meaning of the following verbadverb combinations:
get along without, get around, get away, get back, get
down, get in, get out
6. Translate the extract from the chapter into
I was to see many times that look of pain and
disappointment touch his eyes and mouth when reality
didn’t match the romantic ideas he cherished, or when
someone he loved or admired dropped below the
impossible standard he had set. Once, I remember, I
caught York Harding out in a gross error of fact, and I
had to comfort him: “It’s human to make mistakes.”
He had laughed nervously and said, “You must think
me a fool, but—well, I almost thought him infallible.”
He added, “My father took to him a lot the only time
they met, and my father’s darned difficult to please.”
7. Discuss the following questions:
1. Recollect Fowler’s letter home. What made him
write to England?
2. What was Pyle’s purpose coming to Fowler?
3. What was Fowler’s reaction to conversation with
Pyle? What was his attitude to the whole situation?
4. Describe and compare Fowler’s, Pyle’s and
Phuong’s behavior during the conversation?
5. What do you think of Phuong’s answer? Why did
she say „No“? Was she really in love with Fowler or
were there any other reasons?
6. Comment on Fowler’s letter to his wife? What was
the purpose of it?
8. Sum up the main events of this part in 10-15
Assignment 6.
1. Recall the situations in which you come across
the following expressions and translate them into
to hold office
stand to (at) attention
to dismiss the subject
God save the mark
to resist the temptation
the inefficient liar
at random
to keep a look-out
to make a war
a good/ bad conscience
to be out luck
to pick up the argument
to shake smb’s confidence
to scare stiff
to play the game
with a-man-of-the world air
to play straight with smb.
to take sides
the small hours
2. Make up a dialogue or a short situation using
the expressions.
3. Translate the following sentences using the
expressions from the first task.
1. Премьер министр занимает эту должность
долгое время.
2. Мой брат стоял смирно, когда провинился.
3. Хватит обсуждать этот вопрос, я знаю, что
это ты взял мои деньги.
4. Боже упаси, если мы не сдадим этот экзамен.
5. Он единственный кто не поддался
6. Я не знаю, почему он говорит не правду.
7. Она не поехала в США, ей не повезло
8. Давай повеселимся и положим мышь в
сумку учителя. А ты стой на шухере.
9. Я не хочу ругаться с тобой, и не хочу вести
эту войну между нами.
10. Вчера мой папа испугал меня до смерти.
11. Она такой человек, который тебе улыбается,
а на самом деле ведет не чистую игру.
12. Он не виновен. У него есть доказательства.
4. Transcribe and pronounce:
ally (n), ally (v), altar, bastard, bullet, Christ,
control, increase, juice, politics, pursue.
5. Read and translate the following sentences
containing the expressions:
1. “I took Tom under my protection once, God
save the mark!” said Martin, with a melancholy smile;
“and I promised I would make his fortunate.”
2. I believe one has to play the game – but that’s
3. In the small hours he slipped out of bed, and
passing into his dressing-room, leaned by the window.
6. Translate the passage into Russian:
Angrily I tried to move away from him and take my
own weight, but the pain came roaring back like a
train in a tunnel and I leant more heavily against him,
before I began to sink into the water. He got both arms
round me and held me up, and then inch by inch he
began to edge me to the bank and the roadside. When
he got me there he lowered me flat in the shallow mud
below the bank at the edge of the field, and when the
pain retreated and I opened my eyes and ceased to
hold my breath, I could see only the elaborate cypher
of the constellations—a foreign cypher which I
couldn’t read: they were not the stars of home. His
face wheeled over me, blotting them out.
7. Discuss the following questions:
1. Why was Fowler in a festival at the Holy See in
2. What was Fowler’s attitude to the festival?
3. Under what circumstances did Fowler meet Pyle in
4. How did it happen that Fowler and Pyle found
themselves at a watch-tower that night after the
5. Why, do you think, Fowler didn't want to call Pyle
6. What do we learn of Pyle’s and Fowler’s views on
religion, love, politics, democracy and liberty from
their conversation at the top of the tower?
7. Why did Pyle help Fowler, when he had broken his
leg ?
8. What do we learn about Fowler’s ex-girls?
Assignment 7.
1. Recall the situations in which you come across
the following expressions and translate them into
to take up the thread of
bed - sitting room
to give pause to smb
to have no cause for complaint
to make a settlement
to take out a life – insurance
to the letter
to give away
as they put it
to be unjust to smb
to spot the lies
to give smb a decent life
to endanger smb’s life
to take up room
to keep a sensitive ear open to smth.
to do smth. for smb’s benefit
to tell truth from falsehood
2. Make up a dialogue using the given expressions.
3. Translate the following sentences using the
1. У нее не было проблем с начальством, так как
она выполняла все указания в точности.
2. Если вы чувствуете, что голос начинает
дрожать, стоит взять паузу, сделать глубокий вдох,
затем выдохнуть, после чего возобновить беседу.
3. Но, как говориться, все тайное становиться
4. Я думаю, что нашим ребятам не на что
жаловаться, потому что у них довольно-таки
большие зарплаты.
5. Если вы прислушаетесь к сплетням, то вы
легко сможете понять, как к вам относятся другие.
6. Руссо украл маленькую ленту и, уличенный,
заявил, что лента досталась ему в подарок от
7. Сегодня наша задача – обеспечить достойную
жизнь жителям села.
8. Он чудовищно несправедлив к своей жене.
9. Его слова заставили меня остановиться и
подумать. Может я был неправ?
Может мне следовало поступить по-другому?
10. Джеки Чана наконец-то застраховали и
теперь перед каждым трюком он должен
спрашивать разрешение у страховой компании.
4. Transcribe and pronounce:
adult, battalion, catholic, colleague, iron, muscle,
partisan, recompense.
5. Translate the extract from the chapter into
I found the place with difficulty and almost by
accident, the go down gates were open, and I could
see the strange Picasso shapes of the junk-pile by the
light of an old lamp: bedsteads, bathtubs, ash cans, the
bonnets of cars, stripes of old color where the light hit.
I walked down a narrow track carved in the iron
quarry and called out for Mr. Chou, but there was no
reply. At the end of the go down a stair led up to what
I supposed might be Mr. Chou’s house—I had
apparently been directed to the back door, and I
supposed that Dominguez had his reasons. Even the
staircase was lined with junk, pieces of scrap-iron
which might come in useful one day in this jackdaw’s
nest of a house. There was one big room on the
landing and a whole family sat and lay about in it with
the effect of a camp which might be struck at any
moment. Small tea-cups stood about everywhere and
there were lots of cardboard boxes full of
unidentifiable objects and fibre suitcases ready
strapped; there was an old lady sitting on a big bed,
two boys and two girls, a baby crawling on the floor,
three middle-aged women in old brown peasanttrousers and jackets, and two old men in a corner in
blue silk mandarin coats playing man jongg. They
paid no attention to my coming; they played rapidly,
identifying each piece by touch, and the noise was like
shingle turning on a beach after a wave withdraws. No
one paid any more attention than they did; only a cat
leapt on to a cardboard box and a lean dog sniffed at
me and withdrew.
6. Discuss the following points:
a) Helen’s letter to Fowler
1. Discuss the key places in the letter that give evidences
of Helen’s wounded female pride.
2. What, do you think, is the main reason why Helen
didn’t agree to the divorce?
3. Comment on the following: “The hurt is in the fact of
possession: we are too small in mind and body to possess
another person without pride or to be possessed without
4. What did Fowler mean saying :”One does less damage
with a mortar”?
5. Why, do you think, Fowler didn’t read the rest of the
6. Did Phuong understand what Helen’s decision was?
How did she react?
b) Fowler’s letter to Pyle
1. What do you think was the letter intended for?
2. What was cruel about the following remark: “So you
don’t need to worry any more about Phuong”?
3. Why did Fowler prefer to have the letter posted rather
than to have it taken to the Legation by Phuong?
c) Dominguez
1. What sort of man was Dominguez?
2. Why was Fowler so fond of Dominguez? What kind of
pride did Dominguez possess?
3. Speak on the way Dominguez endured his illness.
4. What is the irony of Fowler’s reply to America’s
clean hands?
5. What way did Fowler comment on the role of the
third force? Did he mean only Vietnam?
6. Speak on the family Fowler came on a visit. Why
did Dominguez want Fowler to meet M.Chou? What
kind of man was he?
6. Sum up the main events of this part in 10-15
Assignment 8.
1. Recall the situations in which you come across
the following expressions and translate them into
to raise smb a rank
to keep anxiety or suspicion
to become a bore on
to send a message of regret to smb
to feel/to have a little energy to do smth
to keep one’s ears to the ground
to transact business with
to be no concern of smb
to be involved in
with great sweetness and misunderstanding
to take over
to be engaged in an argument
to seed war
to return the visit
to bring back to mind
to save smb. Trouble
to fill in a form
2. Give situations using all these expressions.
3. Find the dictionary explanation for the words:
mortar, nickelodeon, dive-bomb,
squadron, cordite, tracer, napalm
4. Reproduce the dialogue between Vigot and
Fowler. Try to show the main idea.
Play for it?”
“If you like,”
“Sans vaseline,” Vigot said, throwing a four-two-one.
He pushed the last match towards me. “Sous lieutenant.” “We’ve found Pyle’s dog.”
“I suppose it had refused to leave the body. Anyway
they cut its throat. It was in the mud fifty yards away.
Perhaps it dragged itself that far.”
“Are you still interested?”
“The American Minister keeps bothering us. We don’t
have the same trouble, thank God, when a Frenchman
is killed. But then those cases don’t have rarity value.”
“Nanette,” Vigot said, pushing me over two
matches. “Capitaine,” and I called the waiter for
drinks. “Does anybody ever beat you?” I asked.
“Not often. Do you want your revenge?”
“Another time. What a gambler you could be,
Vigot. Do you play any other game of chance?”
“Oh well,” he said, “there’s always the biggest
of all.”
“The biggest?”
“‘Let us weigh the gain and loss,’ he quoted, ‘in
wagering that God is, let us estimate these two
chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose you lose
“‘Both he who chooses heads and he who
chooses tails are equally at fault. They are both in the
wrong. True course is not to wager at all.”‘
“Yes; but you must wager. It is not optional.
You are embarked.’ You don’t follow your own
principles, Fowler. You’re engaged, like the rest of
“Not in religion.”
“I wasn’t talking about religion. As a matter of fact,”
he said, “I was thinking about Pyle’s dog.”
“Do you remember what you said to me—about
finding clues on its paws, analysing the dirt and so
“And you said you weren’t Maigret or Lecoq.”
“I’ve not done so badly after all,” he said. “Pyle
usually took the dog with him when he went out,
didn’t he?”
“I suppose so.”
“It was too valuable to let it stray by itself?”
“It wouldn’t be very safe. They eat chows, don’t
they, in this country?” He began to put the dice in his
pocket. “My dice, Vigot.”
“Oh, I’m sorry. I was thinking . . .”
“Why did you say I was engaged?”
“When did you last see Pyle’s dog, Fowler?”
“God knows. I don’t keep an engagement-book
for dogs.”
“When are you due to go home?”
“I don’t know exactly.” I never like giving
information to the police. It saves them trouble.
“I’d like—tonight—to drop in and see you. At
ten? If you will be alone.”
“I’ll send Phuong to the cinema.”
“Things all right with you again—with her?”
“Strange. I got the impression that you are—
“Surely there are plenty of possible reasons for
that, Vigot.” I added bluntly, “You should know.”
“You’re not a very happy man yourself.”
“Oh, I’ve nothing to complain about. ‘A ruined
house is not miserable.”‘
“What’s that?”
“Pascal again. It’s an argument for being proud
of misery. ‘A tree is not miserable. ‘ “
“What made you into a policeman, Vigot?”
“There were a number of factors. The need to
earn a living, a curiosity about people, and—yes, even
that, a love of Gaboriau.”
“Perhaps you ought to have been a priest.”
“I didn’t read the right authors for that—in
those days.”
“You still suspect me, don’t you, of being
concerned?” He rose and drank what was left of his
vermouth cassis.
“I’d like to talk to you, that’s all.”
5. Read and translate the passage. Guess, what for
was this place used?
It was a small, untidy place, not unlike a junk
warehouse itself, in the Boulevard de la Somme. A car
was jacked up in the middle of the floor with its
bonnet open, gaping like the cast of some pre-historic
animal in a provincial museum which nobody ever
visits. I don’t believe anyone remembered it was there.
The floor was littered with scraps of iron and old
boxes—the Vietnamese don’t like throwing anything
away, any more than a Chinese cook partitioning a
duck into seven courses will dispense with so much as
a claw. I wondered why anybody had so wastefully
disposed of the empty drums and the damaged
mould—perhaps it was a theft by an employee making
a few piastres, perhaps somebody had been bribed by
the ingenious Mr. Heng.
6. Discuss the following questions:
1. What did Fowler and Vigot do at the restaurant?
What was their conversation about?
2. What did Fowler think about Phuong when he
returned home?
3. Describe the incident with bicycle-bombs.
4. Describe the picture when Fowler came to Mr.
Muoi’s garage. What did he see there?
5. What did Fowler see when he returned home
after visiting Mr. Muoi’s garage?
6. Why did Phuong go to her sister? What’s your
7. What was the purpose of Fowler’s going to the
American mission?
8. What purpose did Fowler go at Haiphong?
Describe it in details.
9. Describe Fowler’s feelings after the flight.
10. Summarize Fowler and Pyle’s talk
11. What was the purpose of explosion by
“Pavilion”? What consequences did it lead to?
7. Draw your own conclusion from the chapter.
Comment both on Fowler and Phuong’s
relationships and on the political events
Assignment 9.
1. Recall the situations in which you come across
the following expressions and translate them into
to put up to speak
to see at a glance
to be in agreement
to take around
to go easy with smb
to play with matches
to make a mess of
to sell lock, stock and barrel
to break habits
to be on the safe side
to be one’s own master
to keep the chair warm for smb
to pray for dead to the dead
to make no difference
to have little idea of smth
to sum up in one’s favour
to take no sides
to break in peaces
for one can own the dead as one owns a
to call off
innocence is a kind of insanity
to put smb on the map
2. Use the expressions in your own sentences.
3. Read and translate the following sentences from
Russian into English:
1. Он растерянно махнул рукой, как мальчик,
который произнося речь на школьном торжестве,
никак не может подобрать взрослых слов.
2. Я смог понять с первого взгляда, что ни одно из
писем не представляет для меня интереса; ни
письмо из лондонской редакции, ни счета из
3. Моя мать необыкновенная замечательная
женщина, она введет ее в общество, представит ее,
4. «Мы сохраним для Вас Ваше место…» - заверял
он меня с полным непониманием того, что со мной
5. …но она себе не представляла, что ей за это
придется платить, профессор и его супруга,
дамские клубы…»
6. А я думал, что вы не желаете становиться на
чью-либо сторону.
7. В какой-то момент я позавидовал им и тому
стерилизованному миру, в котором они обитали;
так не похожему на тот мир, в котором жил я,…и
который вдруг раскололся на кусочки.
8. Врачи были слишком заняты, чтобы хлопотать о
мертвецах, и мертвые были предоставлены своим
владельцам, ибо и мертвецом можно владеть, как
всякой недвижимостью.
9. Они должны были это все отложить.
10. Глупость – это ведь род (вид) безумия.
4. Transcribe and pronounce:
alibi, casualties, chocolate, statue, sterilize, bullet,
patron, siren, suspicious.
5. Speak on the way Fowler considers American
girls in the café.
6. Read and translate the extract into Russian:
We were among a congregation of mourners.
The police could prevent others entering the square;
they were powerless to clear the square of the
survivors and the first-comers. The doctors were too
busy to attend to the dead, and so the dead were left to
their owners, for one can own the dead as one owns a
chair. A woman sat on the ground with what was left
of her baby in her lap; with a kind of modesty she had
covered it with her straw peasant hat. She was still and
silent and what struck me most in the square was the
silence. It was like a church I had once visited during
Mass—the only sounds came from those who served,
except where here and there the Europeans wept and
implored and fell silent again as though shamed by the
modesty, patience and propriety of the East. The
legless torso at the edge of the garden still twitched,
like a chicken which has lost its head. From the man’s
shirt, he had probably been a trishaw driver.
7. Reproduce the dialogue between Fowler and Pile
after the explosion. Speak on Fowler’s irony.
8. Answer the following questions:
1. What are Pile’s plans for Phuong? What way does
he present her future life in America?
2. What does Fowler think of it? Comment on
Fowler’s attitude concerning Phuong’s future life.
3. What is the difference in the behaviour of Pile and
Fowler in the square after the explosion?
4. What truth about the explosion did Fowler learn
from Pile? How did Pile reveal himself?
5. Why did Pyle accuse the Communists in explosion
without any evidence?
9. Give a summary of the chapter.
Assignment 10.
1. Recall the situations in which you come across
the following expressions and translate them into
to take smth as a souvenir
at long range
to put one’s idea into practice
to get hold an idea
to batter one’s skull
to have a drink
to head for something
to convey the urgency to smb
to shift like rats
to have no idea of creating alibi
unreasoning dislike of smth
kind of miracle
to have no match for smb
journalist in terms of quantity
to stomach smb
to wipe tears away
we are cat and dog
2. Transcribe and pronounce the following words:
awry, exquisitely, facile, malevolently.
3. Read and translate the passages:
“Of course I asked them that. But if they had
they would not have told me. I am the police.” He
stopped talking and leant back in his chair, staring at
his glass. I had a sense that some analogy had struck
him and he was miles away in thought. A fly crawled
over the back of his hand and he did not brush it
away—any more than Dominguez would have done. I
had the feeling of some force immobile and profound.
For all I knew, he might have been praying.
I rose and went through the curtains into the bedroom.
There was nothing I wanted there, except to get away
for a moment from that silence sitting in a chair.
Phuong’s picture-books were back on the shelf. She
had stuck a telegram for me up among the cosmetics
—some message or other from the London office. I
wasn’t in the mood to open it. Everything was as it
had been before Pyle came. Rooms don’t change,
ornaments stand where you place them: only the heart
4. Consult the dictionary for the origin of the
following words and expressions:
pull smb’s leg, earn one’s living, in single (Indian)
file, lock, stock and barrel, lieutenant
5. Translate the following sentences into English,
using active vocabulary:
1. One doesn’t take one’s enemy’s book as a souvenir.
There it is on your shelf. The Role of the West
2. Pyle came out here full of York Harding’s ideas.
Harding had been here once a week on his way from
Bangkok to Tokyo
3. I returned to the sitting- room and Vigot put the
glass to his lips. I said “I’ve got nothing to tell you.
Nothing at all.“
6. Comment on the following. Express your own
1) “No life is charmed”
2) “It was for the first time that I thought of the
future and the questions I might have to
3) “Against my will I listened: for what? a scream?
a shot?”
4) “I was in no mood to fight with him, but at that
moment I would not have minded if he had
beaten me unconscious. We have so few ways
in which to assuage the sense of guilt”
5) “Everything had gone right with me since he
had died, but how I wished there existed
someone to whom I could say that I was sorry”
7. Answer the questions:
1. Were Granger and Fowler friends? Why did
Granger want to talk with Fowler?
2. Did Fowler wait for Pyle at the restaurant? Why?
3. Did Phuong give a direct answer to Fowler’s
question “Do you miss him much?” Why?
4. Can you tell that story has a happy end?
5. Is Fowler a negative or a positive character?
6. Is Pyle a victim or a quiet American with bloody
7. Why does the story have such a title? Can you give
your variant?
8. Why Fowler didn’t say to Vigo about his meeting
with Pyle in the night of murder?
9. Did Fowler feel his guilt in the murder of Pyle?
10. Why did Fowler agree to help Mr. Heng?
11. Why did Pyle want to have friendly relationships
with Fowler?
12. Why did Fowler’s X-wife agree to divorce?
8. Give a gist of the chapter.
Assignment 11.
Final discussion:
1. Imagine your own end of the novel if Pyle is not
2. Discuss the questions:
1. How does Greene describe the central episode of
the novel – an explosion in the Place Garnier? In what
way is the description of this explosion typical of
Greene’s style? Why does the author pay so much
attention to the description of the lunch, two American
girls, their bags and other insignificant details?
2. What are the two important episodes of the novel?
Point out the logical connection between them?
3. Why is Fowler ironical in his use of words
“ignorance”, “innocence”, “guiltless” and word
combinations “good intentions”, “heroic deed” in
application to Pyle?
4. What was it that made Fowler to take sides and
refuse his principle “not being involved”?
5. How was the murder under the bridge committed?
What was Fowler’s role in it? Was it easy for him to
make the choice?
3. Court:
The participants in the court:
Pile - the accused,
Fowler – defendant,
Phuong– witness,
Ms. Hei – witness,
Vigot – witness,
General The – witness,
the Jury (4 members).
the Judge
1. The court begins with Pyle’s appearance.
Pyle: He introduces himself, tells the story of his life.
The last phrase in his speech is “Who is guilty of my
2. Judge: “Stand up. Court is in session. Today we are
going to judge the criminal case against Mr. Fowler.
He is accused of concerning with Mr. Pyle’s death.
Mr. Fowler, do you swear to say the truth and nothing
but truth in the face of court?
The court allows Mr. Fowler to speak.”
3. Mr. Fowler: He tells his version of the story.
4. Judge: “The court summons the witnesses one by
5. Phuong, Ms. Hei, General The, Vigot.
6. Judge: “The floor is now given to the Prosecutor,
the Attorney and the jury.”
7. Judge: We with jury are leaving for making the
final sentence.
Attachment I
"A quiet American" I summed (Pyle) precisely up as I
might have said "a blue lizard," "a white elephant."
Part 1, Chapter 1, pg. 17.
Pyle was absorbed already in the Dilemmas of
Democracy and the responsibilities of the West; he
was determined ... to do good not to any individual
person but to a country, a continent, a world. Well, he
was in his element now with the whole universe to
improve. Part 1, Chapter 1, pg. 18.
correspondents; I preferred the title of reporter. I wrote
what I saw. I took no action-even an opinion is a kind
of action. Part 1, Chapter 2, pg. 28.
They killed Pyle because he was too innocent to live.
He was young and ignorant and silly and he got
involved. He had no more of a notion than any of you
what the whole affair's about, and you gave him
money and York Harding's books on the East and said,
"Go ahead. Win the East for Democracy." Part 1,
Chapter 2, pg. 32.
I never knew a man who had better motives for all the
trouble he caused. Part 1, Chapter 3, pg. 40.
The canal was full of bodies: I was reminded of an
Irish stew with too much meat. Part 1, Chapter 4, pg.
So much of war is sitting around and doing nothing,
waiting for somebody else. With no guarantee of the
amount of time you have left it doesn't seem worth
starting even a train of thoughts. Part 1, Chapter 4, pg.
Once I caught York Harding in a gross error of fact
and I had to comfort Pyle, "It's human to make
mistakes." He had laughed nervously and said, "You
must think me a fool but-well, I almost think him
infallible." Part 2, Chapter 1, pg. 74.
Pyle's innocent question belonged to a psychological
world of great simplicity, where you talked of
Democracy and Honor without the u as it's spelt on
old tombstones, and you meant what your father
meant by these same words. Part 2, Chapter 2, pg. 90.
"Can't you explain why, Thomas."
"Surely it's obvious. I wanted to keep her."
"At any cost to her?"
"Of course."
"That's not love."
"Perhaps it's not your way of love, Pyle." Part 2,
Chapter 3, pg. 132.
"Go to your Third Force and York Harding and the
role of Democracy. Go away and play with plastics."
Part 2 Chapter 3, pg. 135.
The mould I had seen in his warehouse had been
shaped like a half section of a bicycle pump. That day
all over Saigon innocent bicycle pumps had proved to
contain bombs which had gone off at the stroke of
eleven. Part 3, Chapter 1, pg. 142.
One day something will happen. You will take a side.
Part 3, Chapter 1, pg. 150.
It is not a matter of reason or justice. We all get
involved in a moment of emotion and then we cannot
get out. War and Love-they have always been
compared. Part 3, Chapter 1, pg. 152.
"I warned Phuong not to go."
"Warn?" I said. “What do you mean 'warn?”
The pieces fell together in my mind. Part 3, Chapter 2,
pg. 161.
Pyle will always be innocent, you can't blame the
innocent, they are always guiltless. All you can do is
control them or eliminate them. Innocence is a kind of
insanity. Part 3, Chapter 2, pg. 163.
"Who is York Harding?"
"He is the man you're looking for. He is the one, who
killed Pyle." pg. 164.
"You know I didn't kill Pyle."
"I know you were not present at his murder." Part 4,
Chapter 1, pg. 170.
"Sooner or later one has to take sides," Heng said and
I was reminded of Captain Trouin at the opium house,
"if one is to remain human." Part 4, Chapter 2, pg.
Take a book to your window as though you want to
catch the light. Part 4, Chapter 2, pg. 174.
I was suddenly very tired. I wanted Pyle to go away
quickly and die so I could start life again. Part 4,
Chapter 3, pg. 178.
I like happy endings. Part 4, Chapter 4, pg. 187.
Attachment II
Summary of the novel:
British Thomas Fowler enjoys his life in Saigon
working as a reporter for the London Times covering
the conflict in Vietnam between the colonial French
powers and the communists, who seem to be winning
the war. In the later stages of his career, he takes his
job lightly now, filing stories only on occasion, and no
longer doing field work. But most importantly, this
posting allows him to escape from what he considers a
dreary life in London - including an unsatisfying
marriage to a Catholic woman, who will never grant
him a divorce - which in turn allows him to have an
affair with a young Vietnamese ex-taxi dancer named
Phuong, who he loves and would marry if he was able.
Phuong's sister doesn't much like Fowler if only
because Fowler cannot provide a stable future for her.
His idyllic life is threatened when head office suggests
he go back to London. As such, he decides to write a
major story to prove to his superiors that he should
stay in Saigon. In 1952, Fowler is called into the local
police inspector's office to provide any information on
his friend, thirty-ish American Alden Pyle, who was
found murdered. Fowler had met Pyle the previous
year when he arrived in Vietnam to work as part of the
American contingent in the Economic Aid Mission.
Fowler and Pyle's relationship was not always
harmonious, initially as Pyle admitted he too was in
love with Phuong and wanted to marry her. That
antagonistic relationship would extend to their
professional lives, around Fowler believing that the
story which would allow him to stay in Vietnam was
the rise of a man named General Thé, and Pyle's belief
that a third power should come in to take over
Vietnam from both the French and the communists.
The question becomes if Fowler knows more about
Pyle's demise than he lets on to the inspector.
Saigon, 1952, a beautiful, exotic, and
mysterious city caught in the grips of the Vietnamese
war of liberation from the French colonial powers.
New arrival Alden Pyle, an idealistic American aid
worker, befriends London Times correspondent
Thomas Fowler. When Fowler introduces Pyle to his
beautiful young Vietnamese mistress Phuong the three
become swept up in a tempestuous love triangle that
leads to a series of startling revelations and finally murder. Nothing, and no one, is as it seems, in this
adaptation of Graham Greene's classic and prophetic
story of love, betrayal, murder and the origin of the
American war in Vietnam.
Love, politics and intrigue intermingle in this
taut retelling of Graham Greene's classic tale of a
disillusioned British journalist, an idealistic young
American and the beautiful Vietnamese woman that
comes between them in 1950s Saigon.
In Saigon, 1951, Thomas Fowler is an English
journalist, married in England with a catholic woman,
and in love with a Vietnamese girl, Phuong. Thomas
meets Alden Pyle in a bar. Pyle is a doctor working in
an aid mission, and pretty soon, he falls in love with
Phuong. Pyle offers her what Thomas is not possible
to give, i.e., a marriage and escape of Vietnam.
Meanwhile, the political situation in Vietnam is
boiling, with the French trying to get control again of
the country, the communists trying to impose their
system to the South, and the American secretly giving
support to a third Vietnamese part.
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