By Graham Greene
3 males meet on a boat sure for Haiti, an international within the grip of the corrupt “Papa document” and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister mystery police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the blameless American, and Jones the boldness man—these are the “comedians” of Greene’s identify. Hiding at the back of their actors’ mask, they hesitate at the fringe of existence. they're males frightened of love, petrified of soreness, terrified of worry itself...
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You do not think what the yank papers say, do you? ' He leant his head in on the taxi door and stated along with his strange hilarity, 'You cannot imagine how chuffed i'm, Mr Brown, to determine you again. ' I nearly believed him. 'Why now not? do not I belong the following? ' 'Of direction you belong right here, Mr Brown. you're a precise good friend of Haiti. ' He giggled back. 'All an identical many real associates have left us lately. ' He diminished his voice only a tone, 'The executive has been compelled to take over a few empty motels. ' 'Thanks for the caution. ' 'It could were improper to enable the homes become worse. ' 'A kindly proposal. Who lives in them now? ' He giggled. 'Guests of the govt. ' 'Do they run to visitors now? ' 'There was once a Polish undertaking, yet they went away really quickly. the following comes your baggage, Mr Brown. ' 'Shall i am getting to the Trianon sooner than the lighting exit? ' 'Yes - in case you cross direct. ' 'Where else may still i am going? ' Petit Pierre chuckled and stated, 'Let me include you, Mr Brown. There are road-blocks now among Port-au-Prince and Pétionville. ' 'All correct. Get in. something to prevent trouble,' I stated. 'What have been you doing in ny, Mr Brown? ' I answered honestly, 'I used to be searching for anyone to shop for my inn. ' 'You had no success? ' 'No good fortune in any respect. ' 'No firm in the sort of nice kingdom? ' 'You expelled their army project. You had the ambassador recalled. you cannot anticipate a lot self assurance there, are you able to? My God, I thoroughly forgot. there is a presidential candidate on board the boat. ' 'A presidential candidate? I must have been warned. ' 'Not a really profitable one. ' 'All an analogous. A presidential candidate. What does he come the following for? ' 'He has an creation to the Secretary for Social Welfare. ' 'Doctor Philipot? yet general practitioner Philipot …' 'Anything mistaken? ' 'You comprehend what politics are. it is the related in all international locations. ' 'Doctor Philipot is out? ' 'He has now not been visible for per week. he's acknowledged to be on vacation. ' Petit Pierre touched the taxi-driver's shoulder. 'Stop, mon ami. ' We hadn't obtained as a ways but because the Columbus statue, and the darkish used to be quickly falling. He stated, 'Mr Brown, i feel that I had larger return and locate him. you know the way it really is on your personal kingdom - one needs to steer clear of giving a misunderstanding. it is going to now not do for me to return to England wearing an creation to Mr Macmillan. ' He waved to me as he went away. 'I will arise almost immediately for a whisky. i'm so blissful, so completely happy, to determine you again, Mr Brown,' and he departed with that air of euphoria, in keeping with not anything in any respect. We drove on. I requested the driving force - he was once most likely a Tonton agent, 'Shall we get to the Trianon prior to the lighting exit? ' He shrugged his shoulders. It was once no longer his activity to offer away info. The lighting fixtures have been nonetheless burning within the exhibition construction utilized by the Secretary of country, and there has been a Peugeot parked through the Columbus statue. in fact there have been loads of Peugeots in Port-au-Prince, and that i could not think that she will be merciless adequate or tasteless sufficient to settle on a similar rendezvous. the entire related I stated to the motive force, 'I'll get out right here.