Study Guide

The Quiet American Part 1, Chapter 2: Section 1

By Graham Greene

Part 1, Chapter 2: Section 1

  • The scene returns to bar at the Continental where Pyle and Fowler first met.
  • Pyle asks him if he ever read York Harding.
  • Nope.
  • Pyle says he met Harding a couple times, but doesn't know him well. The writer was in Vietnam a couple years back, but not since, and Pyle would like to know from Fowler how the situation has changed since Harding's departure.
  • Fowler gives him a snapshot of the north and south and the status of the war. He also tells him about General ThĂ©, who's taken to the hills to fight both the French and the Communists.
  • At this Pyle mentions Harding's argument that the East needs a Third Force to stabilize the region.
  • When Fowler has lunch with Phuong that day, Pyle has run out of his mind.