'The hearing damage means the end of active service, of course,' Miss Maxse went on.
'Even if it is minor. That must be a blow.
You joined up straight away last September, didn't you?' She leaned forward, teacup enfolded in her hands.
'Yes. Yes, I did. Excuse me, Miss Maxse, but I'm a bit in the dark . . .'
She smiled again. 'Of course. What did the Foreign Office tell
you when they rang?'
'Only that some people there thought there might be some work I could do.'
'Well, we're separate from the FO.' Miss Maxse smiled brightly. 'We're Intelligence.' She gave a tinkling laugh, as though
overcome by the strangeness of it all.
'Oh,' Harry said.
Her voice became serious. 'Our work is crucial now, quite
crucial. With France gone, the whole Continent is either allied to the
or dependent on them. There aren't any normal diplomatic
relationships any more.'
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