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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 28,080 mod
Having just come back from Berlin last week, this movie has a special meaning for me. John le Carre's famous 1963 novel was made into a film starring Richard Burton. Highly acclaimed, the film won four BAFTA awards including Best Film.

The film depicts a British agent (Richard Burton) being sent to East Germany as a defector to sow disinformation about a powerful East German intelligence officer. Helped by his unwitting English girlfriend, an idealistic communist, he is recruited by the East Germans. His charade unravels and he admits to being a British agent.

The film is set in London and East Berlin. The whole film can be found on youtube. It's a British film and the actors speak very clearly (Richard Burton is one of Britain's most famous film stars but was also very well known as a Shakespearean actor).

The novel became famous for how it portrayed espionage methods as morally inconsistent with Western democracy and values. It became an international best-seller and was chosen as one of the All-Time 100 Novels by Time magazine.



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