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The Man in the High Castle Chapter 10

By Philip K. Dick

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Chapter 10

  • Baynes is having a terrible and nervous time, which isn't how anyone ever feels in San Francisco in real life. Baynes is just waiting in San Francisco and calling Tagomi every day—which is really starting to bug Tagomi.
  • But when Baynes learns that Goebbels has been named Reichs Chancellor, he decides to make contact with some other spies. But he's also got to try and avoid secret police since they are dangerous. (Dangerous is usually what secret police are.)
  • Baynes makes contact with another secret agent, who tells Baynes to come back tomorrow.
  • (This unnamed secret agent is Japanese, but it's not clear to us whether he works for Japan or is a German secret agent.)
  • Meanwhile, Juliana is on the road. While Joe drives Juliana's car, she reads Grasshopper.
  • Only, Joe keeps interrupting her to talk about his life and his thoughts on that book.
  • (Honestly, we have no idea about the characters or plot of Grasshopper. Mostly, what we see large chunks of info that summarize the alternate history. It doesn't sound like a great book to us, but check "Symbols" for more on it.)
  • Since Juliana isn't sure she'll finish the book in time, she asks Joe to summarize the ending. The ending of Grasshopper is that Churchill leads the UK to a successful war against the US.
  • Joe also uses this opportunity to mansplain to Juliana about history and how great Mussolini was.
  • But Joe does have a great idea to visit Abendsen after they get some nice new clothes. After all, he lives relatively close.
  • And we're back with Tagomi. Tagomi asks the I Ching and gets an answer that's all about change and things happening. So he'll have lots of status updates to make today.
  • In fact, Yatabe finally shows up and Tagomi arranges a meeting (finally!) with Baynes.
  • Now it's over to Baynes, who realizes that he didn't need to be so nervous yesterday. He thinks the German secret police won't be able to stop him today, even if they discovered him yesterday when he went to meet that other secret agent.
  • (Also, for some reason he sings a big rendition of the poem-song "Der Erlkonig," written by Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, and set to music by Franz Schubert—in other words, a super-German song.)

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