Study Guide

Code Name Verity Part 2, Chapter 26

By Elizabeth Wein

Part 2, Chapter 26

  • Maddie has nearly filled up Etienne Thibaut's notebook.
  • She is taken to the debriefing room, where she meets with the Bloody Machiavellian English Intelligence Officer playing God, whom she code names Sir John Balliol.
  • She first addresses him the way she addressed von Linden—she thinks they're two sides of the same coin.
  • He asks what she's so afraid of, and she confesses to Julie's murder and says she's afraid of hanging for it.
  • Like von Linden, it turns out that the BMEIOPG does have a soft side and really is quite cut up about Julie's death.
  • He says the official record will remain "killed in action."
  • They take a break from the questioning, and during Maddie's nap she dreams Julie is teaching her to foxtrot in the kitchen at Craig Castle.
  • When the BMEIOPG returns to questioning her, Maddie asks what he's really up to, and he says he's testing her to see if she'd be okay to keep doing SOE work.
  • She's caught in a bit of a trap: the SOE wants to give her a medal, while the Air Ministry wants to take her license. If she keeps flying for the SOE, she can keep flying—she knows she'll be ferrying planes to France for the invasion in the spring, and is determined to go back.
  • Before he lets her go, the BMEIOPG passes on a message that von Linden's body has been found shot through the head in an apparent suicide.
  • Maddie thinks of Isolde and her sorrow and all the people she met and will never see again.
  • She will spend one more night in her and Julie's room at SOE headquarters.
  • She decides to keep Julie's scarf but send Julie's confession and her own notes to Julie's mother, since it is Lady Beaufort-Stuart's right to know what happened.
  • Part of her will never recover from all this.

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