History Literature / TheQuestForKarla

16th Apr '17 9:14:49 AM Thande
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* TakeAThirdOption: In "Smiley's People", Smiley has already used both of his usual two detailed false-identity passports in the names of Barraclough and Standfast recently. What does he do for the journey home to cover his tracks? Use his ''own'' passport and [[HiddenInPlainSight travel under the name of George Smiley]].
11th Jan '17 7:40:00 PM nombretomado
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* PsychopathicManchild: Fawn, who starts out as a quietly lethal take on [[LordPeterWimsey Bunter]], then turns out to be childishly dependent on George Smiley, and finally tips over into viciousness so glaring that Peter Guillam is horrified.

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* PsychopathicManchild: Fawn, who starts out as a quietly lethal take on [[LordPeterWimsey [[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Bunter]], then turns out to be childishly dependent on George Smiley, and finally tips over into viciousness so glaring that Peter Guillam is horrified.
12th Oct '16 7:38:49 AM CrimsonZephyr
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* ForWantOfANail: In ''Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,'' Operation Testify is botched, but in such a way that TheMole is forced to construct a sloppy alibi. [[spoiler: Because Jim Prideaux was shot, rather than just captured, the confusion over whether he was dead or alive delayed MoscowCentre in getting a message to Haydon. Had it arrived a couple hours earlier, he would have learned of Jim's capture from the ticker machine at his club. When he ''did'' learn of the capture, his club had already closed for the night, and this casts suspicion on him, since he arrived already having known about what had happened.]]
27th Sep '16 1:04:04 PM CrimsonZephyr
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-->'''Control''': There were three men and [[PuppetKing Alleline.]]



* HiddenInPlainSight: The Circus doesn't go very far to hide Jim Prideaux, since he takes up his new job as a French teacher ''using his own name.''

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* HiddenInPlainSight: HiddenInPlainSight:
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The Circus doesn't go very far to hide Jim Prideaux, since he takes up his new job as a French teacher ''using his own name.''''
** This is how TheMole in ''Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'' is concealed. [[spoiler: Witchcraft facilitates this. Because it is explicitly an intelligence-trading con, where valuable Soviet intelligence is traded for useless Western information, no one bothers looking closer when the results end up being of phenomenal benefit. This allows the mole to switch the information, providing genuine Western intelligence to Karla through "Merlin" in exchange for useless Soviet intelligence, and con the rest of the Circus into stymieing any attempt to unmask the scheme.]]


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* PuppetKing: In ''Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,'' Control is rendered politically impotent by Percy Alleline's powerful connections in Whitehall. Percy himself becomes this as Circus Chief. [[spoiler: Bill Haydon was really in control through him, using Operation Witchcraft to funnel Western intelligence to Karla.]]
24th Sep '16 11:03:05 AM CrimsonZephyr
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Haydon can't help but chuckle the entire way through Peter's interrogation by the Circus leaders, where Guillam snarks at Alleline the entire time.


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** HypercompetentSidekick: Haydon to Alleline in ''Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.''
24th Sep '16 10:59:37 AM CrimsonZephyr
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Haydon can't help but chuckle the entire way through Peter's interrogation by the Circus leaders, where Guillam snarks at Alleline the entire time.
18th Sep '16 2:48:07 PM CrimsonZephyr
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* CoolTeacher: Prideaux becomes a prep school teacher in ''Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,'' and befriends a student, Bill Roach, to whom he acts like a friendly, older brother figure. When he realizes he's training the boy to become a spy, like he was, [[TearJerker he shoos him away.]]
10th Sep '16 12:05:16 AM IuraCivium
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* DeadDrop: In ''Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'', a yellow thumbtack on a ferry indicates that one is ready.
28th Aug '16 10:32:18 AM moloch
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* ShoutOut: Smiley's go-to alias of "Mr Standfast" - on the one hand, it's mentioned as being in reference to ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress'', and on the other, it's the title of one of [[Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps John Buchan's Hannay novels]].
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..." "''
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