History Literature / TheQuestForKarla

27th Jul '16 6:14:39 PM JamesAustin
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-> "I've got a story to tell you, it's all about spies. And if it's true, which I think it is, you boys are gonna need a whole new organisation..."

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-> "I've ->''"I've got a story to tell you, it's all about spies. And if it's true, which I think it is, you boys are gonna need a whole new organisation..." "''
23rd Jun '16 7:41:13 AM moloch
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* AlasPoorVillain: The death of [[spoiler: Drake Ko]]. Sure, the guy was unambiguously on Karla's side, he was involved in a long line of violent crimes over the years, and his mission was quite hostile to Smiley's interests. But at the end of the day, all he really wanted to do was [[spoiler: bring his little brother home safely]]. It's hard not to shed a tear when he meets his death [[spoiler: at the hands of a CIA kill squad, just moments after finally getting to see Nelson again]].

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* AlasPoorVillain: The death of [[spoiler: Drake Ko]]. Sure, the guy was unambiguously on Karla's side, he was involved in a long line of violent crimes and dodgy businesses over the years, and his mission was quite hostile to Smiley's interests. But at the end of the day, all he really wanted to do was [[spoiler: bring his little brother home safely]]. It's hard not to shed a tear when he meets his death [[spoiler: at the hands of a CIA kill squad, grab Nelson away from him, just moments after finally getting to see Nelson him again]].



** ''The Honourable Schoolboy.'' [[spoiler: Hooray, Operation Dolphin has succeeded. But the Americans have made off with Nelson Ko instead of sharing him with the Circus. Drake Ko's schemes to reunite himself with his brother have come to naught. Fawn assassinates Jerry Westerby in retaliation for his FaceHeelTurn. And George Smiley has been forced out...again.]]

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** ''The Honourable Schoolboy.'' [[spoiler: Hooray, Operation Dolphin has succeeded. But the Americans have made off with Nelson Ko instead of sharing him with the Circus. Drake Ko's schemes to reunite himself with his brother have come to naught. Fawn assassinates Jerry Westerby in retaliation for his FaceHeelTurn.(possibly just because Jerry attacked him earlier). And George Smiley has been forced out...again.]]



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In "The Honourable Schoolboy" [[spoiler: Westerby sends Elizabeth Worthington away before his final meeting on the beach. He promises to meet her afterwards, but the prologue mentions the fates of all the characters but her]].
** Although she is almost certainly the [[spoiler: "English adventuress" prosecuted in Hong Kong for transporting heroin, probably as retaliation for helping Jerry Westerby warn Drake Ko]].
** There's an in-universe example with Fawn, who simply disappears without a trace after [[spoiler: killing Jerry Westerby]].

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In "The Honourable Schoolboy" [[spoiler: Westerby sends Elizabeth Worthington away before his final meeting on the beach. He promises to meet her afterwards, but the prologue mentions the fates of all the characters but her]].
** Although she is almost certainly the [[spoiler: "English adventuress" prosecuted in Hong Kong for transporting heroin, probably as retaliation for helping Jerry Westerby warn Drake Ko]].
** There's an in-universe example with
Fawn, who simply disappears without a trace after [[spoiler: killing Jerry Westerby]].Westerby]] - it's an in-universe example, too.
22nd May '16 2:01:06 AM DavidCowie
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* RefugeInAudacity: In ''Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'', one of Smiley's accomplices is sneaking about in a part of Headquarters that he shouldn't really be in. He comes across a door which slams closed on a spring, and remembers Smiley saying "If you have to make a noise, make a loud one." So our man lets the door slam really hard, as if he had every right to be there. No one investigates.
15th May '16 2:47:45 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* AlasPoorVillain: The death of [[spoiler: Drake Ko]]. Sure, the guy was unambiguously on Karla's side, he was involved in a long line of violent crimes over the years, and his mission was quite hostile to Smiley's interests. But at the end of the day, all he really wanted to do was [[spoiler: bring his little brother home safely]]. It's hard not to shed a tear when he meets his death [[spoiler: at the hands of a CIA kill squad, just moments after finally getting to see Nelson again]].



* EnemyCivilWar: The antagonism between the Soviet Union and Communist China is a major plot point in ''The Honourable Schoolboy''. [[spoiler: Karla, being Karla, has a valuable agent planted in China]].



* InSeriesNickname: Jerry Westerby is "The Schoolboy". His mentor Bill Craw is "The Old Craw".



* OldMaster: Control, for the members of the Circus. The Old Craw, for the Foreign Correspondents. Smiley himself gradually becomes this after stepping into Control's shoes as Chief of the Circus.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Several members of the Foreign Correspondents' Club in ''The Honourable Schoolboy''--the Dwarf, Deathwish the Hun, and the Canadian Cowboy--are only ever referred to by their nicknames.
* OutOfFocus: Smiley fades into the background for much of ''The Honourable Schoolboy'' as Jerrry Westerby steps into the spotlight.



* RedHerring: Because of the setting of ''The Honourable Schoolboy'', several characters naturally assume that Karla's plans involve trying to infiltrate the British colony of Hong Kong with Chinese aid--or even to outright wrest it from British control. In truth, his plan is a bit less ambitious. [[spoiler: He wants Drake Ko's help in smuggling Ko's brother Nelson--a loyal Soviet mole--out of Communist China.]]

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* RedHerring: Because of the setting of ''The Honourable Schoolboy'', several characters naturally assume that Karla's plans involve trying Karla wants to infiltrate the British colony of Hong Kong with Chinese aid--or even to outright wrest it from British control. In truth, his plan is a bit less ambitious. [[spoiler: He wants Drake Ko's help in smuggling Ko's brother Nelson--a loyal Soviet mole--out of Communist China.]]
14th May '16 6:44:13 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* FaceHeelTurn: Deconstructed, thanks to the GreyAndGrayMorality, in ''The Honourable Schoolboy.''

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Drake Ko in ''The Honourable Schoolboy''. Though it's debatable whether he's truly "evil", he's in league with Russian intelligence, and he has at least been party to a few violent crimes over the years. But his unconditional love for [[spoiler: his younger brother Nelson]] is a ''major'' redeeming quality, and it turns out that [[spoiler: most of his supposed hostile actions against the West were done to protect his brother]].
* FaceHeelTurn: Deconstructed, thanks to the GreyAndGrayMorality, in ''The Honourable Schoolboy.'''' [[spoiler: Jerry Westerby ultimately goes rogue and tries to help Drake Ko smuggle his brother Nelson--a Soviet mole--out of China.]] However, [[spoiler: Westerby only does it because he wants to save Ko's lover from getting caught in the crossfire, and Ko's only real crime is looking out for his beloved brother.]]



* MeaningfulName: Drake and Nelson Ko were both named after famed British sailors--which is fitting, since they're descended from the "boat people" of Shantou, who historically ran Chinese trade with the West. [[spoiler: Drake Ko ultimately enlists the aid of a fleet of Chinese junk ships to smuggle his brother out of China.]]



* RedHerring: Because of the setting of ''The Honourable Schoolboy'', several characters naturally assume that Karla's plans involve trying to infiltrate the British colony of Hong Kong with Chinese aid--or even to outright wrest it from British control. In truth, his plan is a bit less ambitious. [[spoiler: He wants Drake Ko's help in smuggling Ko's brother Nelson--a loyal Soviet mole--out of Communist China.]]



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Nelson Ko in ''The Honourable Schoolboy''. He only appears--very briefly--in one of the very last scenes of the novel, but he's [[TheGhost mentioned constantly]] before that, and nearly all of the novel's plot indirectly revolves around him. [[spoiler: It turns out that Drake Ko only gets involved with Karla in order to smuggle him out of Communist China.]]



* ThemeNaming: In addition to the code names taken from the "tinker, tailor" rhyme in ''Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'', there's also Drake and Nelson Ko from ''The Honourable Schoolboy.''

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* ThemeNaming: In addition to the code names taken from the "tinker, tailor" rhyme in ''Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'', there's also Drake and Nelson Ko from ''The Honourable Schoolboy.''Schoolboy''; both were named after famous British admirals (Sir Francis Drake and Lord Horatio Nelson, respectively) after being christened by Jesuit missionaries in China.
22nd Apr '16 7:39:23 PM blerg223
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* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Karla.
6th Apr '16 5:44:31 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: ''The Honourable Schoolboy'' was published in 1977, but takes place in 1974. Among other things, the Cambodian Civil War is a major plot point, Lon Nol (who was overthrown in 1975) is said to still be in power, and Gerald Ford is name-dropped as the President of the United States.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: ''The Honourable Schoolboy'' was published in 1977, two years after the Khmer Rouge seized power in Camdodia, but it takes place in 1974. Among other things, 1974 at the height of the Cambodian Civil War is a major plot point, Lon Nol (who War. ''Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'' technically counts as well (it was overthrown published in 1975) is said to still be 1974, but takes place in power, and Gerald Ford is name-dropped as 1973), but recent historical events have little bearing on the President of the United States.plot.
6th Apr '16 4:40:15 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: ''The Honourable Schoolboy'' was published in 1977, but takes place in 1974. Among other things, the Cambodian Civil War is a major plot point, Lon Nol (who was overthrown in 1975) is said to still be in power, and Gerald Ford is name-dropped as the President of the United States.
6th Apr '16 3:38:44 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* AccidentalPun: In ''The Honourable Schoolboy'', Jerry Westerby first meets Drake Ko's bodyguard Tiu while posing as a journalist at a racetrack where one of Ko's horses is competing. In every subsequent encounter, he calls him "horse-writer". As he only speaks broken English, he doesn't realize that it sounds like a pun on "horse rider".
16th Feb '16 2:43:34 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* AscendedExtra: Jerry Westerby in ''The Honourable Schoolboy''. He has a brief role in ''Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'' as one of the old Circus operatives who Smiley interviews for clues about the Mole's identity, but he reappears as the central protagonist of ''The Honourable Schoolboy'' when Smiley assigns him to investigate Karla's funds in Hong Kong. It turns out that the Mole overlooked him because he was only an occasional Circus agent, making him one of the few field agents whose identity wasn't leaked to the Soviets.
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