Additional Telephone Conversations
Дополнительные телефонные разговоры
Seeking an Appointment
Half an hour later, when Richardson had read the file again, this time more thoroughly, he picked up one of the two telephones on his desk. It was a direct outgoing line and he dialled the Government exchange, then asked for the Department of Immigration. After another operator and two secretaries, he reached the minister.
MR. WARRENDER: (the Minister) What can I do for you?
MR. RICHARDSON: I'd like to see you, Mr. Minister.
MR. WARRENDER: I'm free for an hour now, if you want to come round.
MR. RICHARDSON: I'd rather not do that if you don't mind. What I want to talk about is rather personal. Actually, I wondered if I could come to your house tonight. Say, eight o'clock.
MR. WARRENDER: We can be plenty private in my office.
MR. RICHARDSON: I'd still prefer to come to your house.
MR. WARRENDER: Can't say I like all the mysteries. What's it all about?
MR. RICHARDSON: As I said, it's rather personal. I think you'll agree tonight that we shouldn't discuss it on the phone.
MR. WARRENDER: Look here, if it's about that son-of-a-bitch stowaway (1)...
MR. RICHARDSON: It isn't about that.
MR. WARRENDER: Very well, then. If you must, come to my house. I'll expect you at eight o'clock.
- stowaway - безбилетный пассажир, заяц