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  1. I am having a fail of words but I liked the whole feel of this, and Peter feels incredibly real, especially how he deals with meeting Richard (like a) a man who's been gay through some hard times for a gay dude and b) like a fucking spy, and I like that Richard sort of gets him by cutting through the shit there are just asking him to go for a walk with him. WHICH MAKES EVERYTHING SADDER. Richard was clearly a stable, sane, good thing in his life. ACCURATE TITLE IS ACCURATE).

    Also: There was something of the dog in him, Guillam thought as he started the engine at last, resigned to Tarr’s continued presence in his car. He was not loyal in the sense that men of principle, men like Jim Prideaux and Control and Smiley and, and Guillam himself were loyal – to the Circus, to their country, to whatever battered ideals they lugged around with them in the suitcase of their hearts – but the way a stray dog is loyal to those who have shown it a little kindness. A poor substitute for a man, weak and prone to biting, but ultimately likely to run home this way instead of that way.

    Surprise, I love that. Especially the last sentence. Perfeeeect.

    Posted Sun 29 Jan 2012 03:12AM EST

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    1. this is how all good stories start said hyena

      Peter feels incredibly real, especially how he deals with meeting Richard (like a) a man who's been gay through some hard times for a gay dude and b) like a fucking spy

      THANKING YOUUUUUU. Good. Yes. Hooray. All my wanky obsession with pre-and-post Wolfenden Report queer life has paid off.

      Posted Sun 29 Jan 2012 06:36AM EST

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