"Then he sent me on three months' leave without the option. 'I like you to have doubts,' he said. 'It tells me where you stand. But don't make a cult of them or you'll be a bore.' It was a warning. I heeded it. And he told me to stop thinking about the Americans so much; he assured me that he barely gave them a thought."Guillam gazed at him, waiting for the resolution. "But what do you make of it?" he demanded, in a tone that suggested he had been cheated of the end. "Did Karla ever really think of staying?""I'm sure it never crossed his mind," said Smiley with disgust. "I behaved like a soft fool. The very archetype of a flabby Western liberal. But I would rather be my kind of fool than his, for all that."—John Le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974)Two exceptional adaptations (especially well-cast) of two fine novels.
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