Doc advised her to wait for Harry who was due to speak next and who, though a radical too, would at least not be irritating; while Happy promised that when he spoke in the afternoon he would advance quite a different point of view. Snow White however was to enjoy neither of these experiences. Just before they were due to recommence there came through from Ceylon the horrifying news that made them decide to adjourn the conference for a day. As it turned out, the conference was to be adjourned for ever, and the fates of several of the delegates strikingly affected; but before we explore how, we ought to return to Colombo to find out what it was exactly that happened.
The Leninist had been feeling bored. He had also been feeling insignificant. Safe though he was with Veronica he could not help thinking that life was passing him by. A man with as famous a past as his was should surely have done more to make his mark upon the sands of time. In the long hours during which he was left to his own devices, he had found himself regretting that he had not been energetic enough, that he had allowed the first fine careless rapture of his youth, when he had dodged in and out of dangerous places clad only in the thinnest of disguises, to be overlaid by placidity and the creature comforts of middle age.
By the time Veronica left for Singapore, he had determined what he would do to assert once more his dedication to his cause. The rest of that day he had spent pottering around the house, inconsequentially as it seemed, but in reality with set purpose, getting together everything he wanted. Fortunately he had been trained in self-help and several sciences in the distant days of his idealistic youth, when each little cell had to be self-sufficient both to multiply and to efface itself if danger threatened. Long after the servants had gone to bed, he sat up late into the night, making thorough preparations for his bold and resolute stance on the morrow. Continue reading