Question 1: How is Ausable different from other secret agents?
Answer: Ausable differed from other secret agents in more ways than one. He had a small room in the Musty Corridor of a gloomy French hotel. It was on the sixth and top floor and was difficult for a romantic adventure. He was very fat. Despite living in Paris for over twenty years, he spoke French and German only passively and had an American accent.Instead of messages being slipped into his hands by dark-eyed beauties, he only received a telephone call making an appointment. In these ways, he differed from the traditional notion of a spy.
Question 2: Who is Fowler and what is his first authentic thrill of the day?
Answer: Fowler was a writer and came to meet Ausable. Fowler’s first authentic thrill of the day occurred when he saw a man in the chamber of the assembly pointing a pistol at the assembly and himself.
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Question 1: How has Max got in?
Answer: Max had got into the room with a passkey or a master key.
Question 2: How does Ausable say he got in?
Answer: Ensemble said that he felt Max come into the room through the balcony. He said that this was the second time in a month that someone had come into his room like this.
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Question 1: “Ausable did not fit any description of a secret agent Fowler hand ever read.” What do secret agents in books and films look like, in your opinion? Discuss in groups or in class some stories or movies featuring spies, detectives and secret agents, and compare their appearance with that of Ausable in this story. (You may mention characters from fiction in languages other than English. In English fiction you may have come across Sherlock Holmes, HerculePoirot, or Miss Marple. Hove you watched any movies featuring James Bond?)
Answer: For this question you have to use your own approach as well as your analytical skills. The answer to the question will vary from person to person. It is suggested that you read the text carefully and try on your own.
Question 2: How does Ausable manage to make Max believe that there is a balcony attached to his room? Look back at his detailed description of it. What makes it a convincing story?
Answer: Ausable created a concrete story about the presence of a balcony. He said that twice a month someone entered his room through the balcony. When asked about the balcony by Max, he replies with extreme jealousy that it was not his balcony. This reaction, which seemed natural, played a role in convincing Max.He clearly told Max that his room was previously part of a larger unit and that the adjacent room was the one that had a balcony. He said it grew under his window. The description and his way of speaking convinced Max that there was a balcony under his window.
Question 3: Looking back at the story, when do you think Ausable thought up his plan for getting rid of Max? Do you think he had worked out his plan in detail right from the beginning? Or did he make up a plan taking advantage of events as they happened?
Answer: Ausable seems to have worked on this plan from the beginning. It took them no time to tell Max about the presence of the balcony. His story was very thoughtful and he was confident in his statement. The time to knock on the door was perfect because he had already told waiter Henry that after he returned he brought him a bottle and two glasses to drink. Therefore, he was expecting his knock at the door and accordingly, he told Max that it was the police he asked to investigate to make sure everything was alright. In the end, the calmness with which he told Fowler, who was nervous, that there was no police and expected the waiter to come with his command, shows that he was not surprised by the sudden turn of events. And was turning to Max on his room.Such a detailed and well-knit plan gives the impression that it was pre-planned and he was ready for it.