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The Quiet American Part 2, Chapter 2: Section 2

By Graham Greene

Part 2, Chapter 2: Section 2

  • On the drive back, Pyle tells Fowler that he's put in for an early transfer as he can't stand being near Phuong. He also wants to make sure that Fowler isn't going away too.
  • The car comes to a halt. Fowler's car is out of gas.
  • It shouldn't have been empty.
  • Someone in Tanyin had siphoned it out, leaving just enough for the car to get out of their zone.
  • Having no other place for shelter in the night, the two of them approach the closest watchtower along the road.
  • Fowler calls up but gets no answer.
  • He decides to risk getting shot by a sentry and climbs the tower.