As Time Goes By
MICHAEL WALSH
Level 4 Retold by John Mahood Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jocelyn Potter

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Contents
page Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Goodbye Casablanca Roses and Guns London Calling Plans for Prague Mixed Messages Ready for Prague The Executioner Marriage and Love Appointments in Prague v 1 5 11 15 25 29 33 38 42 47 53 57 67 71

Chapter 10 Eight Dead in New York Chapter 11 Walls Have Ears Chapter 12 Goodbye Prague Chapter 13 Hello Casablanca Activities

famous for its visitors. the first love of his life. the writer of As Time Goes By. have just left for Lisbon to join the fight for the freedom of Europe. Casablanca. ends. he lived in a violent world of guns and gangsters.Introduction On that last December night in 1941. Three men are at the airport. to leave Morocco. but also people who wanted to escape from the Germans. The Moroccan city was. and he tells a very exciting story. Victor Laszlo and his wife. In New York in the 1930s. and from there to America. These included criminals. wrote about music for Time magazine for sixteen years before he became a professor of journalism. He has had a love affair with Ilsa. Sam Waters is an American pianist who works for Rick. but now all three of them are ready. As Time Goes By is his second work of fiction. This book also tells the story of Ricks past. v . Louis's loyalties have often been convenient. This story begins where the movie. Rick Blaine is an American club owner. Casablanca airport was dark and full of recent memories. Michael Walsh. The lucky ones were able to get documents that allowed them to travel to Lisbon. and he has just shot a German officer to help her on her way. Ilsa. Captain Louis Renault is chief of the French police in Casablanca. at that time. and there he met Lois. Michael Walsh was interested in the past and the future of the characters in Casablanca. like Victor and Ilsa.

.Casablanca airport was dark and full of recent memories.

thin. but the fog had not. Maybe it's because I like you." "I don't know. when Hitler was in power in Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s. "Well. On that last December night in 1941. the tall. and the silence between the two men was interrupted only by the sound of the wind. Although Louis was in his usual unsure state of mind. and. he always preferred. to make sure that Victor and Ilsa boarded the airplane to Portugal. The noise of the police cars disappeared. Major Strasser. short. hard-faced American felt a new and strange sense of calm and certainty about what he had just done and what he was going to do. Maybe it's because I didn't like Strasser. Now he was going to follow them to join the European resistance against the Germans. I cannot imagine why you decided to help them. my friend. money. was walking softly. Rick looked down at the little man.Victor Laszlo and Ilsa Lund are on their way to Lisbon. sharp as always in his black French Chief of Police uniform. if possible." Louis looked at him.Chapter 1 Goodbye Casablanca The smoke from the gun had cleared. Casablanca airport was dark and full of recent memories. but why didn't you have me arrested? I shot a Gestapo* officer. Rick had shot the German officer. to leave no mark on his surroundings. 1 . of course. Captain Louis Renault. He turned to Rick. "You're still in love with her. aren't you?" * Gestapo: the secret police of the Nazis. Louis loved all women. "Yes. Miss Lund is an unusually beautiful woman!" Rick had loved just two women in his life and Ilsa was one of them.

they could see Sam at the wheel. drank. Louis noted. north of Rabat. was like a beautiful woman. They just need a signature. a wonderful cook. Now hurry. one for you. two hundred kilometers of very bad road. "Everything OK. Louis worried." Rick said after a time. But Rick's car. Sam had many fine qualities. . Here we are: two exit visas." Louis counted them. He put it away and took out a cigarette." said Louis. and Louis wondered what Rick was planning to do next. Rick took out a bottle. . "Yes. and offered it to Louis. 2 . and signed. Rick didn't offer him the bottle. with the right lines." The small airfield at Port Lyautey. the best black pianist and singer in Casablanca (in fact the best. "We're going to need exit visas. and one for Sam. and not a bad driver. Sam Waters put his foot down and the car sped into the night. just fine. was about two hundred kilometers away . which fortunately is still my responsibility as well. Boss?" Sam asked anxiously from the driver's seat. "I believe I'm still responsible for such things in this part of the world. black or white)." Their path was taking them deeper into the darkness. an excellent fisherman. and the power. But suddenly there it was: the shape of a large car parked at the far end of the airport. "Yes. We have to be at Port Lyautey before morning light. But he did not drink at the Café Américain." "We need three. and normally he did not drink alone. As they got closer to it. Their three guns were out of sight."That's not your business." "Three?" "One for me. Rick smoked silently. He was loyal. he did not drink with Rick. the curves.

When there were about three hundred meters between the 3 . I can hope .The letter from Ilsa was in the same pocket. before he killed Strasser. see if you can find a place to turn off the road. . Please come if you can. Better to be behind them than in front. He lit the cigarette and remembered her words: My dearest Richard..... I have found two . I thought Victor was dead . .. I cannot be sure that we shall meet again. as he tried to understand the news on the radio. "Boss. I've seen a man with his head blown off and it's not a pretty sight. ." Louis sank down in his seat. Louis. Rick couldn't read the letter in the darkness. If not for me. "Get down. Sam had given it to him before he left the club for the airport. In Lisbon we shall stay at the Hotel Aviz . we've got trouble.You must believe me . A bullet hit the back of their car. Ilsa. "Listen!" Louis had turned the car radio on. We both need you. it means that I have escaped with Victor . Some women search all their lives for a man to love. Louis and Rick turned. Rick's French wasn't good. "I mean.." The progress was slow. but he didn't need to. "Turn off. "Sam. I never questioned the fact that I was free to love you ." said Sam.When we met before in Paris.." shouted Rick again." said Sam.. and through the fog they saw a pair of yellow lights. and his voice suddenly interrupted Rick's thoughts. But unlike last time. . "that we have company. . Sam was slowly increasing the distance between the cars. then for Victor. If you are reading this letter. Rick reached across the seat for his gun." and he put his foot right down to the floor. "I know that!" Rick shouted. but even he understood that in far-off Hawaii the Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor. looking in his mirror. .

He thought about Lois." The cigarettes and the bottle came out again. The gunman sent two wild shots into the air. but New York seemed a long way away and a long time ago." But Sam had seen Rick in action before. too. before the car stopped at the airfield. Now. and Sam drove away from the burning Mercedes. forget it. Boss. Sam showed his real driving ability. the women. Rick could not get Ilsa out of his mind. black Mercedes before it struck a tree.) Was he following Ilsa now. Louis hadn't. maybe a bit of all three. They had arrived at Lyautey. Let's go. Rick and Louis were left to their thoughts in the back seat. He had always enjoyed the gambling. "And why did you never go back to New York? Did you run away with church money or have a relationship with a senator's wife—or did you kill someone? When are you going to tell me?" "I told you before. and the money He had also gambled successfully on working with the Nazis in Casablanca. The bullet went through the driver's left eye. who had appeared in his life again two days ago. Rick's thoughts returned to Ilsa. We have to catch an airplane. Louis thought about himself. Louis.cars. An enormous orange ball of flame shot up into the sky. "Where did you learn to shoot. but after Strasser's death it was time to leave. Rick fired at the passing car. 4 . Lois had been his first love. or was he following Victor's belief in resistance to the Germans? He thought he knew the answer. and they had time to see the shocked face of the German gunman in the back of the big. Rick?" he asked. (Was it only two days? A lot had happened in those two days. "Nice shooting. and then the final explosion came. He suddenly drove the car off the road and pulled it around in a complete circle.

She was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. the sound of glasses and drinks being poured. Lois grasped Rick's arm and said anxiously. He jumped up to help her. Everything about nightlife was attractive to him. They were the most beautiful eyes of pure blue. 5 . this and that. He was on a train." "I'm Pack Baline. and. Rick forgot his stop." replied Rick. with long black hair and smooth white skin. in 1931. But he traveled across the city every week to get his mother something special to eat on the weekend. "Oh. Rick lived alone and had a number of jobs. on a summer day in New York. she fainted and fell to the floor. as Rick was looking at her. about eighteen years old. They got out at the next stop and walked back. He dreamed of running his own club one day. He came alive at night: he loved the music. It was even hotter than usual that summer.Chapter 2 Roses and Guns Rick had first met Lois ten years earlier. Miss?" Rick asked. riding from his mothers apartment to a downtown store which sold her favorite Jewish food. "Are you OK. "Do you have a job? What do you do?" she asked. "My name's Lois." Suddenly. Opposite him on the train was a very pretty young woman. and the money! He didn't speak much. "I've missed my stop!" "Me too. Most of them were not quite legal and didn't pay well. It was another kilometer before she opened her eyes. He wanted other people to think he was a hard young man. She turned her head and looked into his face." she said. "Thanks for helping me. and smiled." said Rick. the card games.

It was important that the police looked the other way." Solly looked at Rick and said. but certainly Solly didn't look like a successful gangster. not fat but powerful. and Solly didn't look like a rich man. That was. He supposed the feet were clean. exactly how Solly wanted people to see him. Baline." "Do you have a good head for business?" "It depends on the business." Lois told him. It was a big. and a tie hanging loosely. He had taken his shoes off. 6 . of course. Rick wanted to be Solly some day! They arrived at the Horowitz apartment. He wore an old blue suit. Solly Horowitz was one of the most successful gangsters in all of New York. It didn't look like a rich man's home."So you're unemployed. Solly was famous." "What's his name?" "Have you ever heard of Solly Horowitz?" Rick was more than a little surprised. Maybe the little yellow ones were bits of egg from his breakfast. My father has jobs for people." lied Rick. Are you married?" "No." "Can you use a gun?" "No. "I'll help any man who helps my daughter. "Dad! Stop!" shouted Lois." "Do you want to make love to my daughter?" "No. and Solly had plenty of experience in helping them. but I can learn. "This is Mr. In fact. "It was so hot in the train that I fainted. loud tie with bright flowers. He helped me. and Rick noticed two holes in the socks. He was short and wide. a white shirt with the top button undone. He owned several night clubs and ran a number of other businesses." "Do you like music?" "If it's good.

"I'll help any man who helps my daughter." .

Never shoot unless you plan to hit someone. One of the other waiting men was Tick-Tock. but they weren't carrying milk. "because you can forget that." "See me tomorrow. It was whiskey from Canada. Solly whispered to Rick. tough man. Tick-Tock pulled his hand down." said Solly.* and Solly needed plenty of this Canadian alcohol to sell in his clubs. * Prohibition: a time between 1920 and 1933. just outside New York. a big. "Never aim unless you plan to shoot. The milk trucks belonged to Dion O'Hanlon. when people in the US were not allowed to make or sell alcohol. very good with a gun. He had once thrown his grandmother downstairs. Solly pressed a gun into Rick's hand. This address. It was still the time of Prohibition. Solly had told him to look after Rick. I'm keeping her for a richer guy than you. The milk trucks came over the hill at six-fifteen in the morning." said Rick."Good. The trucks were getting closer. 8 . Tick-Tock also had the best information on the routes of the Irish gangster's alcohol deliveries. a cousin of Solly. but he was in love. O'Hanlon had paid the New York police to let the trucks into New York with whiskey and without problems. "Nightclub?" "I like clubs. tall. Rick took out his gun." The first truck was getting near now. It was a quiet road. Rick didn't have enough money to go out and buy expensive roses for Lois. Are you looking for a job?" "Maybe." He gave Rick a piece of paper.

" He fired. and then a finger. when out of the corner of his eye he saw something move: an arm. smiling unpleasantly at Pack. The rest of the gang ran to the other trucks." That's all he said. Six months later. He hit Solly's arm and took him to the ground and pulled out his own gun. Two people fired at the same time."You might hurt someone with that. it usually meant that he wanted to talk. collecting money from some of the lucky people that Solly protected from danger and damage. shooting. For several minutes nobody spoke. but Rick was faster. Tick-Tock wanted to shoot a few of O'Hanlon's men but Solly stopped him. "Nice shooting. He had just put his gun back in his pocket. They had been together. Rick had become one of Solly's most trusted advisers. like O'Hanlon and Salucci. They preferred not to die for a few thousand liters of whiskey. and delivered some beer. and then they walked over to the trucks." It was Tick-Tock who spoke next. They had also collected money from Solly's clubs and businesses. Only Tick-Tock disliked his new position. and then part of a gun. "Let me show you. and four tires on the front truck lost a lot of air." he said. Solly turned. He hadn't acted as quickly as Kick. The others recognized that Rick was smarter and braver than all of them. Tick-Tock had returned with them. When Solly wanted to talk. Rick was standing beside Solly. smart guy. The drivers dropped their guns. "Lois is going to be very proud of you. and Tick-Tock was the man with experience— and now some jealousy as well. Solly asked Rick to come and talk to him. He talked about the other big gangsters in New York. 9 . Others could listen.

but you can't touch. sometimes they sleep with our women. Italians. but I don't cheat people. Rick: the customers do business with us. until they make a mistake." said Tick-Tock. I'll never drink with the customers. Rick. but he also wanted to talk to Solly about Lois. And remember this. drinking. He smiled. If you're smart. You have a good business brain. I have plans for you too." "With pleasure. showing several gold teeth. Rick loved the nightclubs. I'm not stupid. But deep inside. "I'm too old to work until four o'clock in the morning in a smoke-filled club. Tick-Tock wanted to be the new boss. if Solly gave up work. you remember the rules. "And. "Our business is alcohol. "I have plans for my daughter. Rick?" Had Solly read Rick's mind? "Which rules?" said Rick. listening to music. Later. Solly knew and Tick-Tock knew that it wasn't going to be Tick-Tock. cigarettes. I don't. but he didn't love Lois like a sister. You can look. but not girls." It was Solly's newest club. and he knew Solly didn't want his daughter to have boyfriends from the gang. Irish."I make money. He loved Solly like a father. . If you touch. Tick-Tock'll shoot you. I do business with black people. Salucci and O'Hanlon and the others use girls to cheat people. and watching the customers. ." 10 . O'Hanlon and the others don't allow black people into their clubs." Rick listened. talking to customers. but they don't drink with us. I want you to look after the Tootsie-Wootsie. "The Lois rules. He was happy listening to Solly's stories and advice. and two or three black ones. and money: everything. Understand?" "Don't worry. Everyone's the same to me ." Solly laughed. clubs. you won't drink with them. I have clubs. and everybody's equal. and that's what I really want to talk about.

How could I? Are you upset about Rick and me? In Paris I had nothing. my dear. tell me you aren't angry with me. but he was staring straight ahead. there were tears in Ilsa's eyes. lost in thought. But I know we're doing the right thing when even a man like Rick can see the difference between us and the Germans. I don't even know all the details myself yet." "I'm sure I do. She touched her husbands arm." He smiled at her. 11 . on that dark December night in 1941. Then Victor said. You didn't want the Gestapo to suspect that I was your wife." She started to cry again. "Then I learned that you were alive. In the sky above Morocco. I haven't told you about the plans because I haven't been able to tell anyone." said Ilsa quietly. . "I didn't know Rick was in Casablanca. My work is too important. "I choose to live without anger or jealousy. And. and that you needed me to help you in your fight against the Nazis—your fight for the freedom of Europe. Would she ever experience that herself? "This is more dangerous than anything I have ever done before. not even hope. when we get to Lisbon. I'm sure you understand. He was going to be the boss of the Tootsie-Wootsie Club! Chapter 3 L o n d o n Calling Her last view of Casablanca was of Ricks place. Now I understand why you kept our marriage a secret from our friends. It will be very dangerous." She managed to look over at Victor. "Tell me . but she was not sure why. She admired Victor's calm certainty. . I want you to do exactly what I tell you.Rick couldn't believe it." For a time they sat together in silence.

When Ilsa woke the next morning. . . danger . as soon as possible . I went out for a morning walk.. Now she must tell him where to go. . . der Henker . She had asked him to follow her. . "Yes. alive . . . " She heard a door shut softly. Prague . . . We must pack our clothes immediately. Most of the ships were destroyed. "We aren't going to New York now." she said. she could hear whispers:"." "Then where are we going?" "To London. Don't you understand? It will take time. . British . come 12 . Ilsa got up quickly and began to pack. Der Henker . but Germany's finished. "Is that you." Victor was almost shouting now. "I've always wanted to see New York. We're going to plan our fight in London. On the other side of the bedroom door." Ilsa sat up. . Danger .. Lots of Czech people live there. and she jumped back into bed when she heard the turn of the key in the lock. . and many men were killed." Ilsa suddenly remembered Rick. "Why?" she asked."What do you mean?" said Ilsa. The Americans will have to join the war now. Victor?" She pretended to be sleepy. She wrote a message (To London . . . . Now we can act. . Prague . . ." Victor said nothing more until they arrived in Lisbon. my dear. "Rick has taken years to realize that there are more important things in life than his own happiness. "And. He gave us those exit visas instead of keeping them for himself. He knew I had to escape from Casablanca. "Because the Japanese have bombed American ships in Pearl Harbor. . Some were in the government in Prague before the Germans arrived. in the Hotel Aviz." Ilsa opened her eyes. . there's some wonderful news. Victor wasn't in bed.

two men spoke to Victor. part of your work. but a secret one. but the future. I want to share it with you. but her place had to be beside her husband. "Victor. . "let me help you this time. she couldn't sleep. Victor asked Ilsa to go upstairs to rest. they were in another airplane. . She was proud of Victor. She also wondered if Rick had seen her messages. " "That's for your own safety. His mind was not on the present." "But I want to be part of the Resistance." she said. the door opened and Victor came in. There. and she was always asked to leave the room. and if he was following. After a few minutes.quickly . but she wanted to work with him and be a real member of the Resistance group. Rick had given her something that she had never had before. A car took them to a house in a quiet London street. 13 . but although she was tired. At that moment. She knew she loved Rick. ) She asked the man at the hotel desk to give it to Mr. or what you're planning . At the airport they wore their collars up and their hats down. "I don't know why we're here. She had been in this situation many times before (meetings in the middle of the night. In an hour." She sat up and faced her husband. there's something that I need to say to you." Ilsa whispered. a closeness and excitement. Please. Richard Blaine. ." Victor looked straight ahead. "Victor. but too softly for Ilsa to hear. • Victor arrived in England to a hero's welcome. . strange men with hidden faces). She realized for the first time that her feelings for Rick were exactly the same as Victor's feelings for his work.

and then he told Ilsa that he had to return home to Czechoslovakia. I can do much more."That's impossible." he said. I want the same as you. and when they got married. I forgot to introduce you to these two men. Ilsa sat and thought about her past. "Well.You're a very lucky man. "You can see that we're both ready to die for our beliefs. "She has something to say to you. . our activities. My dear. She loved to remember his first words to her: "Miss Lund. "Gentlemen. ." began Ilsa. In 1939. this is wonderful. . ("Ilsa." "Yes. "Thank you." When the meeting finished. 14 . they told me that you are the most beautiful girl in Paris. like our two friends here . She was a star student. They were lying. This is Jan Kubiš and this is Josef Gabčík." said Victor. Mr. She thought about her early life in Norway and her student days at the Sorbonne in Paris. "this is my wife. I want to take part in your activities . I mean. I've lived through so much in the last two years. who smiled." and he introduced the British Secretary of War and Major Miles to Ilsa." "It isn't. Ilsa didn't want him to go." "You're certain?" He could see she was serious. You are the most beautiful girl in Europe!" Victor's work had always been dangerous. she had studied Slavic languages. I understand all the dangers. . Laszlo." Victor smiled. not even their friends knew about it. "I've talked to my husband. They're from Czechoslovakia. They went downstairs. They're helping us with plans for the fight against the Germans in their country. Victor continued to work for the Resistance. she had met Victor. and was especially good at Russian. with and without my husband—at one point I thought he was dead." Major Miles looked at Victor.

they still hadn't found Victor or Ilsa. his death was reported. Some months later. How can I ask others to do what I won't do myself?") In Prague. but she also worked for the Resistance because she felt she was continuing Victor's work. Rick and Victor. Louis had bought some new suits and was telling London women that he was a member of the French government. " But tears came to her eyes. Ilsa's mind was full of different emotions and impossible decisions. but he knew that they had to go to London. Chapter 4 Plans for P r a g u e Rick realized that they had to change plans immediately. for other people. and Rick was pretending that he worked in American theater. "His work for Czechoslovakia. He arrived in London with Louis and Sam one cold. He hated the 15 . Sam liked New York and Paris. A few days later. They were staying in Brown's Hotel. and he loved her. wet evening. and for everybody in Europe. Rick had brought her back to life. And then. is the most important . in December 1941. He didn't fully understand it. She wondered if Rick was in London. the Gestapo were waiting for him. . Victor came back from the dead.I must go. After a month. She felt important. Was it possible to love two men at the same time? Victor had taught her about love of her country. Ilsa continued to study. "Victors my husband. and not to New York. . with Sam as his servant. When she was with Rick. and for freedom. He had gotten Ilsa's message at the hotel in Lisbon. she met Rick." she thought. She thought about them. she felt like a woman. but not London.

"To a place I haven't been to for years: the library." Rick looked at him through the cigarette smoke. "I've been working hard. But Der Henker . A knock at the door interrupted the silence. Rick sat in his chair." It was Louis. British Intelligence . I think I've found a way to Victor and Ilsa. and Rick walked straight up to a guard. sir?" "That would be nice. danger . collecting information." "Yes?" Rick was suddenly excited.Victor Laszlo. Rick had decided to try. "What's the matter. . "Does anyone in this place speak any foreign languages?" "I'm quite sure many people do. He got up." They went to the British Library. "Where are we going?" said Sam. Prague? He had asked Sam (Rick expected Sam to know everything). I must go." "Do you have the address?" asked Rick. but as usual his face showed nothing. Sam went. He missed everything back home. "Not yet." Louis lied. . deep in thought. "Hello. for the thousandth time." 16 . . "A gentleman has recently been seen in a part of London called South Kensington. look at the time. to understand Ilsa's note. . "Oh. "I see you're still having a little London vacation. He understood To London . Maybe he wanted to make sure of his information. . "Shall I ring for someone. . Rick. Sam.weather and the buildings. Boss?" asked Sam. ." said the guard. and especially the food. come quickly." For a long time after Louis had gone. I have to meet a friend for tea. but Sam couldn't help. The description of him sounds like Mr. He still had his cigarette in his mouth. . He wasn't quite sure why he lied.

The thieves hadn't touched Rick's whiskey. "How many languages do you speak?" asked Rick. Hitler's top man in Prague. do you think?" said Rick. Heydrich was "the Executioner of Prague. or British Intelligence. "The English. "How many would you like?" replied Mr. "Victor. "Why Victor?" "What do we really know about him? I don't trust a man like him. Louis. cold eyes." He was doing a lot of Hitler's dirty work for him in Eastern Europe. "Der Henker means 'executioner' in German. The name's used for Reinhard Heydrich." "Right. And I'm suspicious. His uniform was perfect. money. Money and power don't seem to be important to Victor Laszlo. Most men have three things that are important to them: power. When Sam and Rick returned to the hotel. Louis lit a cigarette. and his shoes were beautifully polished. Louis arrived a moment later." thought Rick. Someone else already has. "Come in and make yourself comfortable.Five minutes later. Rick hated him already. with a thin face and clear. Robbins arrived." said Rick. Robbins. "Who did it. someone had searched their room. and their passports were missing." Rick wanted to ask Robbins more questions. The photographs showed that he was tall. about a subject that is not personal. How did he escape 17 . He returned in a moment with some pages from recent newspapers." said Louis. but the man had gone. He's only interested in the fight against the Germans. "only get excited when they talk to people they don't know. Sam poured a large drink for the other two." He showed Robbins the note. and women. an enthusiastic Mr. He was getting excited.

Major Miles came into the room. "You gentlemen just sit down here a moment. maybe we can find out more." Louis caught Rick just as he was getting into a taxi. "Are you looking for rooms? I'm afraid we're already fully booked. He looked carefully at Louis and Rick. Hitler in Czechoslovakia? Well. and don't move." "Well .Victor Laszlo. and then said. I can't prove it." "What? The one who's doing lots of nice things for Mr. I'll look after them. "It's all right. and started to close the door. People were talking on telephones and looking at maps spread out on a large 18 . Thank you. and pulled out a gun. "What's the address?" "Number 42." She pressed a button in the wall. but I think the reason for Victor's visit to London may be connected with a man called Heydrich." "And what are their names?" "Mr." said Louis. . Actually. but he's still alive." He took them upstairs and into a large room. Clareville Street. They reached the house in less than fifteen minutes." she said." Rick was on his feet and out of the door before Louis could put out his cigarette. Bunton. "Have you been there? Did you see him?" "No.. "But we got the address from friends who are here. Two minutes later. Mrs. and Mrs. If he's Czech.before? He's been reported as dead five times. A little old lady met them at the door. why does he have a Hungarian name?" Rick poured himself another drink." "Who did you see?" "Ilsa. and a bell sounded somewhere in the house.." she said. the place where Victor may be staying. "Louis. I have the address now . .

" "Gentlemen." said Rick. it's usually best to cut off the head. Laszlo. but we don't have much time. that our plans could work. "It's a very great pleasure to see you." "What were you doing in Addis Ababa. I've made mistakes in my life. We had to know that we could trust you. I think that proves that we can be trusted. "The pleasure's all mine. "This is the person we want. "Yes. but I can be trusted. "Sorry." It was the same cruel face that Rick had seen in the newspapers at the British Library: Reinhard Heydrich. except for Hitler himself. "We had to be sure that the time was right. "This is the most dangerous of all Nazis." said Miles." said Rick. "He's a real pretty boy." "The rules of war don't allow us to do that. Victor turned around. I don't like working with people who can't be trusted either. I'm sorry. I told you in Casablanca that I wanted to help. and Miles threw some photographs onto the table. and France? We also know you fought in Spain against Franco." Miles paused. Blaine?" "I was Mr." "You're here and alive. Rick looked up. Mr." said Major Miles." 19 . but why don't you aim for Hitler? If you want to kill an animal. lighting a cigarette. Baline then. They sat down." "And that's why they made a little visit to my room? Mr. They had to find out more about you. "What made you leave New York. not the tail. I keep my promises.table. Victor Laszlo was standing in the middle of everything." he said. Victor looked out the window and seemed to be speaking to West London. plenty of them. but it's not your business." said Victor. but the British don't trust anybody. I think we should continue with our main business. staring at the back of Victor.

Mr. " I ' m not going to sit here and repeat all that. Several seconds passed. it's an especially important city." Miles smiled. footsteps coming across the room." He offered his hand to Rick. Laszlo has formed an excellent plan for getting a bomb into Heydrich's car as he drives through the center of Prague. "Don't leave." said Ilsa softly. Rick. he spends a lot of time with different beautiful women—and he drives around Prague in an open car." "Who?" said Louis. Don't blame the British. "This isn't a war between England and Germany. We need a spy in the castle. ." "Even I've read that!" said Rick. He has a house outside Prague. " I ' m proud to say that my wife has agreed to work in Heydrich's offices. Victor spoke. He could smell her. and we don't want him to be suspicious. Everyone's attention was on them. Rick shook Victor's hand. "Heydrich has a number of weaknesses. in the heart of Europe." It was her! He hadn't heard her come into the room. "but we need to know his schedule. "Yes. " He stood up. If you don't trust me . The whole world is in this. . He drinks too much. Mr. We need someone to get close to him. You know what I've done. He could hear her . and was lost in her eyes. "You can see that Prague isn't far from Munich or Berlin. A few seconds passed. and it's where Reinhard Heydrich is right now. and they want to be sure. Blaine." Miles pointed to the map. finally. My reasons are my business. This is dangerous for all of us. "Me." said Victor. Then. who didn't immediately move. Miles' voice broke into their thoughts. . . "My wife and I are very serious about wanting your help. Moments later. but he also spends a lot of time in Hradčany Castle. He turned. In fact." 20 .Rick put out his cigarette.

"My wife and I are very serious about wanting your help." .

If the smallest thing goes wrong." "No." said Louis. "Listen to me." "I agree. and not only for Czechoslovakia or for Victor. 22 . He had found a club where he could play the piano and sing." Ilsa said softly. "I'll think about it." "And. I speak Russian. a large part of the Czech population will be dead too. "We're all in this together now. and Heydrich loves beautiful women." He wanted to kiss her." added Victor. "I think emotion is winning over reason here. in front of everybody." he said. They'd be suspicious of a German-speaking Czech. This is for Norway and England and America and France. It's for the world. Aren't we? Please tell me we are. • Sam got in late that night. I'll be a White Russian*. who were famous for being against the Resistance. right there. "Why are you so late?" asked Rick. * White Russians: people from Belyorussia (Belarus). He wondered why he didn't. "This is too dangerous. in front of her husband. Very soon after that. was this a personal fight with Heydrich? The worst kind of fight? Rick spoke. Laszlo. "my wife is a very beautiful woman.Rick and Louis said nothing." "But why you?" asked Rick." Ilsa turned to Rick again. but one possibility was suddenly clear to them. And this may simply be something personal with Mr. "I'm the best person to get close to Heydrich. The Nazis will punish them for Heydrich's death. They'll believe me. we'll all be dead immediately. After Victor's stay in a German prison.

"I've been playing it since then. Rick. They need a secretary. Heydrichs people will believe that I'm 23 . Ilsa had appeared out of the darkness." "You remember the first time we heard that song." Sam went to get the champagne. "Tomorrow." "And mine. at the Tootsie-Wootsie Club?" said Sam. for me. This time Rick understood why she had come. " . even if it kills him. "Please. If you can't see that. "And mine. not half the man I'm still in love with . You play it beautifully. and the Czech Resistance can get me that job in the castle. I'm asking you to help." "Stop that. This is much bigger than us. in wartime. Sam sat at the piano and played softly. Sam." They went down. She didn't pull away. please. ." She sat back and looked at him. . . don't you see? Victor will succeed. I'm going to Prague. "And. Sam. . hard. Then Sam started to play "As Time Goes By." a soft voice whispered. It's always been your favorite song. Rick smoked. will you help? This isn't about the problems of you and me and Victor. of three little people. " Rick put his arms around her and kissed her. and drank. " She was crying n o w . you're not half the man I fell in love with in Paris . . "Rick. ." "Maybe it is now. and listened. "Tomorrow." "Champagne?"They had drunk champagne on their last night together in Paris." Once again. just as she had done in Casablanca. "When are you going?" he asked."A couple of policemen wanted to know what I was doing in the middle of the night." "What did you tell them?" "I told them it wasn't my war. not for Victor. Let's go downstairs.

hard. .Rick put his arms around her and kissed her.

"What's behind your back? I can't guess. 25 . He didn't normally allow Rick and Lois to go out together. His hands were behind his back. I'll be Tamara Toumanova. Tamara Toumanova left for Prague. with Ruby Keeler and Al Jolson. and the sun was shining. but Solly wanted a rich and famous man. Upstairs. "Not now. for his daughter.a White Russian. Rick had been successful as the manager of Solly's TootsieWootsie Club. They were outside the Horowitz family home in New York. a restaurant famous for its food and for the gangsters who ate there." "I want another drink. but he didn't want her father to know about his love for his daughter. hiding something. Tell me. Rick thought Lois looked beautiful. But Rick still had his dream. "For Show Stoppers." said Rick." said Lois." "I have two tickets for the theater tonight." "The prettiest girl in Harlem doesn't need much time. Chapter 5 Mixed Messages "Guess what I have. excitedly." He didn't tell her how he had gotten the tickets. "Look. Rick took Lois to Rector's. "You certainly don't give a girl much time to get ready for the biggest show on Broadway. with an education." Sam continued to play. Early the next morning." said Rick. as Rick and Ilsa left the room. After the theater." They didn't tell Solly about their plans for the evening. She kissed him. They'll believe that I want to fight against the Communists who killed the rest of my family. there's Mae West." Rick Baline asked Lois Horowitz one April evening in 1932.

" Rick was listening but not understanding. "Champagne?" "We ordered some. . but he could see everything that mattered. He reminded himself that his first gunshot had been aimed at O'Hanlon's men. Meredith. Miss Horowitz. and saw O'Hanlon at another table with the famous actress. Robert Meredith. I want a private word with Mr." " . Meredith was a lawyer from a rich family. kind man. "Mr. He made a sign to someone behind him." O'Hanlon started straight in. "But we must have special champagne for a beautiful girl like you. well-dressed. "Please tell the beautiful Miss Horowitz's father that I have no bad feelings about his attacks on my Canadian trucks. We've all read a lot about him in the newspapers. over his left eye. I'm sure." replied Lois.Rick looked. O'Hanlon greeted them." Rick knew the name. "Good evening. Mr. Mr. nearly as famous as my own." continued O'Hanlon. and I have a suggestion for him. O'Hanlon smiled. You recognize Miss West. the Tootsie-Wootsie. I'm a nice. and I want you to meet this young man. and had a chest like a refrigerator." he whispered. Meredith smiled. It wasn't a pleasant smile. "Champagne. "This offer is in the shape and form of . They went. wearing it low. O'Hanlon invites you to join him. as you know . Rick turned to a waiter. O'Hanlon's man was beside Rick. Baline. and he was rising fast in the world of politics. . would you please take Miss Horowitz to that other table for a few minutes. Even here he kept his hat on. and this gentleman with Miss Horowitz. He had confidence in his place at the top of his world. . The gangster was short." He looked over at O'Hanlon again. . Baline has made one of Miss Horowitz's father's clubs. Two seconds later. "has a great head for business.

Meredith was laughing and talking. Robert Meredith here . and left. Thanks. and his women. Maybe he should listen to O'Hanlon's warning? He loved his new life." he continued. He left. Horowitz would be so happy if his daughter became Mrs.. The house was well lit. He felt like a fool. He passed Salucci's place. don't be too brave. Should he tell Solly about his love for Lois? Should he tell him about O'Hanlon's warning? He saw the lights of another car. .Mr.. I'm not so sure about your boss. "It's me. This marriage would be good for me. wouldn't he?" O'Hanlon looked into Ricks eyes. Salucci was a gangster who liked his clothes. That was brave. for Mr. And Robert said he wanted 27 . and younger. Rick saw Meredith kiss Lois." said O'Hanlon. . Rick drove around angrily for a time. and he hit harder. and you seem smart. Meredith led Lois to her front door and kissed her on the lips for a long time. Rick turned down his window and called to her. and there were five or six hard boys watching the place for him. Robert Meredith. I'm warning you . and for you. Did you enjoy this evening?" "I had a wonderful time. Lois was sitting very close to him." Rick looked over at the other table. his cars. "Let me tell you something before you go. Smart men hear warnings. Horowitz. her hair brushing his face. "I heard you stopped one of my boys from shooting your boss. I see you're in love! But Miss Horowitz is not for you. He stopped the car outside Solly's house and sat thinking. You'll find you live longer that way. but he was also ashamed of his part in the world of crime.. He was different from Solly. "I think maybe I'm not needed over there." At that moment. but also stupid."Ah. Two people got out." Rick said. "Mr.

They were sitting in Rick's office. you're sweet. He kept an eye on the customers. Marry me. I've always been in love with you. I have to go in now. "There's something that I've wanted to say to you for a long time. "Rick. I love you. Solly only trusted two people with his money: himself and Rick. he had found an excellent black piano player and singer. He had never thought that she might not be in love with him. Lois. He talked to the police in a language that they understood. and then she turned back to Rick. Rick knew where and how to get the best wines and beer. Listen." Rick was afraid of Solly's anger and had delayed delivering O'Hanlon's message.to see me again. and the alcohol trucks arrived without trouble. You're going to go a long way in his business. It's about Lois. and my dad thinks you're wonderful. But now was the time. She pulled away. and he knew that he was finished. Solly and Rick met at the Tootsie-Wootsie." "No. Sam Waters. the way he had always wanted her to kiss him. but he didn't drink with them. It's late and I need my sleep. He had learned all the tricks so quickly. but I couldn't marry you. counting money. But don't look so sad. I can't. It's late. 28 ." "You can't." she said." She put her key in the lock. "Solly. "But I must go. I do love you a little." Three months later. and her lips were the last part of her body to separate from his. slowly. He gave them a little Tootsie-Wootsie money. or you don't want to?" "Both. Also." "No. Rick. there's some business I'd like to discuss. Rick. even if I wanted to. with my father's permission. Pick Baline was born for his job. Not yet. She kissed him." He got out of the car. He checked that the waiters and others didn't steal from him.

very slowly. I don't think Victor Laszlo cares if he himself gets out of Prague alive. why are you going?" Rick blew a smoke ring into the conversation. . Chapter 6 Ready for Prague "Rick. Beside him." "Rick. It sounds . Solly and Rick were on the floor immediately." said Louis. He could just see two feet beside the open door of the office. and Solly fired two shots before the third bullet hit the desk. Louis? Let's just say I'm going because I made 29 . O'Hanlon was reminding Solly of a message that he had never received. Do I have to draw you a picture. Rick put his head around the corner of the desk.Solly interrupted. if this bomb goes off. "Isn't it great about her and that lawyer?" "What lawyer?" "Don't tell anybody. The feet belonged to a dead man. "and if it kills Heydrich. the results will be terrible for everybody. Rick knew that O'Hanlon had sent the gunmen. The second one hit the desktop lamp. . He and Solly went to look. What happens if it doesn't work? We'll have no chance against Heydrich's guards. We'll be killed immediately. Solly suspected Salucci. there was another body." "If Heydrich is dead. Also dead. " Solly was looking like a proud father when the first bullet hit the wall behind his head. but Lois is thinking about marrying a big man. Mrs. "A bomb in his car as he comes over the Charles Bridge! Terrible idea! And we have about one chance in a thousand. "Because I have nowhere else to go and nothing else to do." They were sitting in Brown's Hotel. Robert Meredith.

.The first bullet hit the wall behind his head.

At that point. " "Don't the Czechs know how to make bombs? I thought they were good at things like that. " (The Major showed them on the map. He 31 . N o t even the Germans have anything like this." Rick lit a cigarette." said Rick. and takes the same route. We know from Miss Lund that Heydrich leaves his house in the country every morning at the same time. Miles pointed to a large map of Prague." On the wall. and I don't like Laszlo. and completely dependable.some terrible mistakes in the past." When they arrived at the house in South Kensington. He arrives at the Charles Bridge at exactly the same time every day. Maybe this is my opportunity. I don't trust the English. There is a point here . and the two men from the Czech Resistance group. . I lost the people I loved. but this is the best one. . "We still think that a bomb in Heydrich's car is the best idea. it moves very slowly. when the car has to turn left onto the bridge. . "I don't think I ever heard you use that word. A young woman was killed many years ago in Paris. made a mistake. We also know from Miss Lund that Heydrich hates people who are late. "Honor?" said Rick. as he takes his usual route across the Charles Bridge in the morning. It's a British bomb . "I guess things are tough everywhere. It's small. but I need to do something brave. Major Miles and Victor were there. silent. . . " N o t like this one." " I . Miles started immediately. He's never late himself.) " . and it was my fault. killed because I was a coward . . too. . I'm not sure about this plan for Heydrich. "We have thought about a number of possible places for the attack. sadly. . But you? Why are you going?" "To get back the honor I thought I had lost forever. Jan Kubiš and Josef Gabčík. and I'm still paying for it. in America." said Louis.

If there's a problem before the big day. Immediately after I put the bomb in the car. Sam. Any other questions?" Nobody spoke. then? I didn't see anyone else in my shoes. and saved a lot of trouble. "If Heydrich is one second more than five minutes late. Then we'll have ten seconds before the explosion. It wasn't your fault." "Whose fault was it. I'll go behind the car and drop the bomb into it. "What'll happen if there's a problem? We need a plan. "Yes. you'll drop a smoke bomb on the bridge. and I'll be at the point where the Executioner's car turns slowly onto the bridge. • "Rick. Leave the bridge immediately. Miss Lund will contact you." "J was driving your car. Rick. "Are you ready to go?" "As ready as I'm ever going to be." said Sam. Good luck!"They all shook hands." Victor continued. in front of the car. "Yes." It was the one he had used against Mussolini's men and Franco's. in front of the car. Louis. to make it stop for a moment. but I wish I'd killed the right person with it in the first place. you mustn't wait. you'll walk into the road." "Mr. or did you forget?" 32 . near me." Rick interrupted. Blaine is right." "Are you taking this gun? It's your favorite." Miles agreed. "Then we'll wait for Miss Lund to tell us when to leave for Czechoslovakia. That'll give us the chance to escape. I'll have the bomb. wearing my clothes.crosses the bridge at 7:50 and arrives at the caste at 8:00 exactly. We want Jan and Josef to carry guns and to wait at the end of the bridge. He was organizing Rick's clothes and packing his bag. or driving my car. It was also the one he had shot Major Strasser with in Casablanca." "Forget about that.

but in Spain and Africa I didn't care. Sam. This isn't your fight."It was a long time ago. but she hoped her messages to London were arriving. 33 ." Ilsa took orders from Frau Hentgen. Laszlo. "Herr* Heydrich would like you to type these reports and deliver them to him personally by four o'clock. Mr. but she wasn't an ordinary secretary now. She knew they were reports on the activity of Czech Resistance workers. She was working in Heydrich's office with a few other chosen people. and Ilsa certainly didn't like her." Rick finished the bottle. as Miss Toumanova. Now." "She's different. "I hope we meet again after all this is over." Ilsa didn't need to look at them. "And these must be done immediately.." Chapter 7 The Executioner Ilsa often thought about Rick and her last night in London with him." "Don't talk like that. isn't she? Don't go. Sam." "Miss Ilsa.You've been in danger before. She's the reason. Rick. German words for Miss. That's why I'm scared. She didn't seem to like Ilsa. she had worked in the castle in Prague for two months." "I know. Things are different now. Frau* Hentgen. * Fräulein. Rick. Mrs. I'm going. Herr." "Because of Miss Ilsa?" "Mrs. She's given me something to live for again. Frau. There had been no contact with Victor. you mean. "Fräulein* Toumanova!" It was Heydrich's Austrian secretary.

. "I understand you are a good pianist. then." It was Heydrich. I'm not sure ." "Thank you. He had never spoken to her before. I'm not good enough . Ilsa was ready. . . She saw him putting his signature on hundreds of papers every week. and he never slept alone. I'm not . because he always arrived at 8:00. Very quietly he said. Herr Heydrich. . I myself play the violin. Ilsa was starting to work on one of the reports when she heard a voice behind her. His whole day was regular. I congratulate you. when he got up at his house in the country. I'm only a poor Russian girl . I will have all your reports ready the day after tomorrow. .She saw Heydrich every day. "Thank you. between 6:30. when he had dinner." "I understand. His wife was in Germany. "Tonight is not possible . by 7:30. I cannot play with a famous person like you without some practice. Herr Heydrich. She put her papers down." "You do excellent work. "It's so pleasant to see your beautiful face every morning. She saw his proud face and horrible smile. It felt like ice. ." Her face went red. ." 34 . but she needed time to get a message back to London. We are so happy you are working with us against the Communists in your country and in Czechoslovakia. under the words "Immediate Execution. He almost never ate alone. "Fräulein Toumanova. Everybody arrived early at work." Everyone in the office was afraid of him. The day after tomorrow. Would you like to play with me? Tonight maybe?" "Well. "Yes." Ilsa spoke loudly so that the others in the office could hear. and 7:30 in the evening." His hand grasped her shoulder more tightly. . . Herr Heydrich. and she hated him. " The moment was here at last. . Fräulein Toumanova.

she noticed that they were outside Prague. He would radio the message to London. "I have two messages for you." he said. It was a girl who worked in the house." She thought about Victor. They had a little secret together. "Thank you." Ilsa didn't understand. N o ! Yes. and Victor and the others would be on an airplane in an hour. At midnight. That evening." The first message was that Victor and the others were on their way. "You look lovely." "You may call me Reinhard this evening." she whispered. and Heydrich was an animal. Were the Czechs afraid? Had someone at the castle become suspicious of her? But it was too late now. . "A glass of champagne?" "With pleasure. She allowed him to take her arm. "Are we going to a country restaurant?" 35 . Victor! But Victor was a good man.Heydrich enjoyed her reply. "I only received the second one a few minutes ago." He was tall and handsome in his uniform. "I mustn't stop them." Soon. and he reminded her of someone . Danger. I will see you then.'" "What? Do they want to stop the operation? Why?" "I don't know. It says 'Operation Executioner. from the Czech Resistance. "Excellent. They got into the car. there was a knock at the door. and after work she gave it to one of the Resistance workers." Heydrich came for Ilsa in his Mercedes two days later. and then went to her bedroom. "I can't stop them." She wrote a note. she practiced for two hours on the piano. His shoes were perfectly polished. Tell London. Fräulein Toumanova. . "Tell me. Herr Heydrich.

"Forgive me. My wife is away." Her heart was beating so hard that she thought Heydrich must hear it. For twenty minutes. but she had to make him change his mind! All their plans were for the Charles Bridge. "that was delicious. "Excellent!" said Heydrich." "My cook is the best in Czechoslovakia. Tamara?" "Yes. She had to stop drinking. and her head began to swim." she said." He took his violin. We'll be alone. We will play some music. not angry. I do not 36 . He kissed her immediately. And don't worry. moonlit night and put his arms around her. but you are so beautiful. This was dangerous. There was another bottle of champagne. we're going to my house. Soon. Ilsa saw the fear and hate in their eyes and knew that he did not. "Herr Heydrich!" She had to seem surprised." "This route is interesting. "We cannot see the lights of the city here. With pleasure. . instead of the Charles Bridge. "Shall we have dinner?" The food was wonderful. I could not stop myself." A number of servants greeted them." He played well." N o ." " Y e s . and two glasses stood on the table beside them. " He looked at her with his ice blue eyes. We came over the Čechův Most. but Heydrich guided her to a little love seat in the corner. The food is excellent. "I have dreamed of playing with someone like you . I'll take this route every morning." He took her outside into a starry. Ilsa forgot where she was and who she was with. Ilsa noticed that he filled her wine­ glass too often. "Welcome to my home. The large dining room was ready for dinner. "Beethoven. "Reinhard. I think you will like my piano. She pretended to look happy. .

He looked at her with his ice blue eyes. .

"It is not enough. His voice was cool." Ilsa went to bed. Salucci was the biggest gangster in New York. He kissed her gently and took her inside. burn their villages. . Since your first day at the castle. and Salucci in the doorway. he and Solly looked up and saw O'Hanlon. "I hope you will like your rooms. Rick jumped up. Make yourselves at home. Horowitz. You are beautiful. Good night. Tick-Tock." "But you have done so much for this country. Reinhard. Solly started. after Solly and O'Hanlon. Fräulein Toumanova." said O'Hanlon. still with their hats on." O'Hanlon replied. . "Come in." His arms were tight around her. I have watched you for a long time. We must kill our enemies. Let's talk about you. your beauty." He laughed. For example. Mr." "But I have always believed that a man does not really know a woman until he has made love to her. Everybody sat. alone. . I have noticed your intelligence. "Good evening. . " "Thank you. but Solly didn't move. 38 . of course. I do not suggest this immediately with you. my dear. and spread salt on the earth so that they never rise again. "Two men died here in your club. but I hope that soon .always want to be reminded of work. "Do I send my boys downtown to make trouble for you?" "That's what we want to talk to you about. in fact. those Czechs in London . . It will never be enough until we have won." Solly said calmly. Chapter 8 Marriage a n d L o v e Two days after the attack on Rick's office. your political . But let's not talk about that tonight. I have enemies everywhere. .

but we must drink to something even more important. and we expect to do more in the future. . Solomon. Solly continued." Solly replied. If anything happens to me. Salucci spoke for the first and last time. and I love him like a son. Today. Robert Meredith. This will bring us together." "That's right. Lois Horowitz and Robert Meredith were married. "Yes. His men speak worse English than he does. He will have everything . happen . "Today is a special day. not . He rose. maybe he should send his boys without guns. First. "Mr." said Solly. but you didn't give them a chance to speak. O'Hanlon looked pleased." Solly looked proud." "Next time he wants to do business with me.and they were relatives of Mr. . Mr. "Yes. He poured some whiskey into three glasses. I can tell you that Lois is going to be married to a very important person in our city. ." O'Hanlon said. Rick. Rick will take my place." said O'Hanlon. Tick-Tock smiled. When they came out of the church. My daughter. Salucci doesn't like the way you greeted them. as friends! What do you think?" said O'Hanlon. to Mr. . we must drink. Mr. Salucci here. Now. except for one thing. to us. . . Meredith and I have done business in the past."To friends!" "To friends. "This is an apology?" said Solly. Rick didn't. and took out a bottle of whiskey and glasses. ." said O'Hanlon. I promise it won't happen again. . will ." A month later. for two other reasons. "It . "That's excellent news. . Lois threw her arms 39 . again. please forgive me. Salucci's English isn't too good. Solly reached into the desk drawer where he kept his gun. They came to bring you information about a business possibility. Rick is my best manager. .

" Sam started to play "As Time Goes By. "Isn't the music beautiful?" she said. Mrs. "He's a monster. It had the best music. He didn't want to read about the rise of Robert Meredith. can't we?" Rick could hear Meredith's voice behind him." "Maybe I'm what's good for you. I miss those days. and." "Hello. Meredith's wife had risen with him. and if the newspapers knew about her gangster father.around Rick. they didn't write about him." 40 . "Isn't it great? I'm going places now! We can still be friends. and everyone was talking about Rick Baline's place. Mr. Rick. Lois Meredith came back into his life." "Are you happy with your husband?" Her smile went. Rick looked at Lois—her clothes. her diamonds. Rick had stopped reading newspapers." Rick didn't see Lois again for three years. most of all. As suddenly as she had left it. "Good evening. "It's a pleasure doing business with you. would you?" "Not if I know what's good for me. now a state senator. he knew it was her." "Are you meeting someone?" "You wouldn't let a girl drink alone. She didn't look up." "I used to think so. Sam. Horowitz. Even from a distance. her smile. "It reminds me of the old days." he said. Rick was in the Tootsie-Wootsie. Then he saw her. Meredith." Lois reached under the table and held Rick's hand. the best drinks. Solly didn't work much these days. "Play us some music. as Sam came in. and it made a lot of money. Business was good. She was alone.

I just don't like to see a young man getting into trouble because of a woman. "I can't leave him. Please help me." "How much do you know?" "Enough." "Why do you think that Meredith is coming to see me?" "Because I told him about you and Mrs." she said. ." "Why?" "Come to my place. "Let's go into my office. Even a woman as attractive as Mrs. I'm afraid Robert Meredith is on his way to see you. The affair was two months old when Meredith found out." he began again. Meredith. Does he have other women?" Her face gave Rick the answer. . told Meredith about the affair." "What makes it your business?" "Nothing. and I'll tell you. Meredith. 41 . W h a t can I do?" She was crying. Baline?" "Who wants to know?" But Rick recognized the voice. "Why did you tell Meredith. there would be big trouble again between the different gangsters in New York."He's a politician. "Mr. You know t h a t . as she fell into his arms. And what would Solly think? O'Hanlon. of course. Rick. If the marriage ended. It would break my father's heart." "Did you ever?" "My father wanted it to happen. . He also phoned Rick. I don't love him now." Rick went. "A word of friendly warning. . Lois's marriage with Meredith had been a peace treaty. It won't be a pleasant visit. "And he cheats all his political friends ." They shut the door. but he was worried. Rick knew it would happen.

If this appeared in the papers. "Your boss is finished. Why? Because he doesn't listen to his friends or his enemies. Call my friend Winchell at the New York Mirror. Rick looked quickly through the papers. do you? I think he has friends to do that for him." He handed some papers to Rick." "Why are you telling me all of this? You could just let Meredith and Salucci kill me. why?" replied Victor. dirty evening."Robert Meredith asked me. Chapter 9 Appointments in Prague "Nervous?" asked Louis. arriving in Czechoslovakia. and photographs with information about the relationship between Salucci and Meredith. 42 . it would be the end for the politician and the criminal." Rick's parachute opened as planned. of course. He didn't really care if Victor followed or not. and here they were. In fact." "Because I like you. "No. That would help Solly and Rick." "So. If Mr. then you're finished too. There were letters. What's he going to do? Shoot me?" "You don't expect a politician like Robert Meredith to shoot people. is finished. H." O'Hanlon dropped his voice to a whisper. "You should be. Rick went straight to the newspaper offices. They had all left London on a dark. you remind me of me. Salucci is stronger now. And I've made enough money. for example. I introduced them. Now listen. notes. and he's even got one of Mr. Horowitz's men working for him. A man could be killed doing this. he's coming to see me. and give him this. Salucci. I'm going home to Ireland. just after midnight. and I want to give you a chance.

.Rick looked quickly through the papers.

Mr. led them to a table. Rick lit a cigarette. The next few days are. I'm sure we'll both try to work together. An old woman. don't you. Blaine. The door opened. and the others hit the ground near him." "Why don't you just leave?" "It's a little late for that now. Victor had to stay in Lidice because his face was too well-known in Prague. "Quiet.He landed safely. bent with age but bright-eyed. Jan and Josef were responsible for keeping in contact with the Czech Resistance. There were no lights. where there was food and some Czech beer. and Victor spread a map out." whispered Victor. Ilsa." Rick looked at him." "Your past relationship with my wife is not important to me. When they arrived in Prague. "Mr. but my father didn't. Blaine. I'm still in love with her. "I said I'd do it. If I didn't love her. "You still have doubts. Rick went into Prague and took a room 44 ." He paused. My father's politics were unacceptable to the Nazis. Heydrich must be stopped! I will ask you again. and I'm doing it." Louis said. Reinhard Heydrich killed my father. Ten minutes later. for the last time: are you with us or not? I'm asking you in the name of the woman we both love. In the morning. "I'm with you. I fell in love with your wife in Paris before I knew that she was your wife." "Why did you come? Because of Ilsa?" "Because of a lot of things. But I am. I wouldn't be here. They followed Jan and Josef through the forest. Louis would follow by a different route a few hours later." said Victor. and soon reached a house in the small village of Lidice. I escaped." The plan was for Rick to contact Ilsa in Prague. "I prefer indoor sports. Louis went to bed. everything was cleared from the table.

. He tried last night. but he didn't. "But we have to continue. We can't talk in here. They met in a small bar near his hotel. Rick spoke. "The operation may not be possible. "Or maybe they know that the Germans suspect something? Do they suspect you?" "I don't know. For everybody in Europe. "What's happening?" Rick asked. "We'll inform Heydrich that there's a plan to kill him." she said. He had an idea that could save Ilsa and the operation. . They pulled their hats down. She looked beautiful. It's possible. He wanted to kiss her. He's evil." "Yes. He's that kind of man. They seem afraid of what could happen if we succeed. He had to see her." "They may be right." They walked in silence. He hadn't felt so angry for years. He hates Communists and Jews." "That's very sudden. I didn't let him. ." "For the Jews?" "Especially for the Jews. and there's something else ." He lit a cigarette and remembered Louis's doubts. He wants to make love to me." 45 . but not just for me. Ilsa's address was not far away. Eyes seemed to be everywhere in Prague." They finished their drinks and went out into the sun. Suddenly.beside the Charles Bridge. "Heydrich is the worst kind of monster. "Then we really have to hurry. but the Czech Resistance is asking London to stop the operation. but I can't refuse him for long. Ilsa spoke softly. isn't it?" "Yes." Ilsa was worried. and Ilsa put on sunglasses. Things are going to get worse. "I don't know. For Victor." Rick's anger boiled inside him. . almost whispering. He'll kill them all if he can .

and Ilsa put on sunglasses. .They pulled their hats down.

Don't you see? This is the oldest trick in the world." "How do you know?" "I know. The Czech people would pay a terrible price for Heydrich's death." "Don't worry about Victor. I'll be with him. "It happened to me once. So. and a gun. "I'll tell him. But it could be the man next door." "It seems they're already looking for us." Chapter 10 Eight Dead in N e w York Rick picked up the paper. you may think that you already know: a tough man with a big hat. He trusts me. he trusts you—and then you do it!" He hated lying to her. and he's asked me to be his partner. You tell someone what's going to happen. Winchell's story was there: NEW YORK POLITICIAN AND ITALIAN GANGSTER HAVE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER What does the face of evil look like? If you go to the movies." she said. I'll ask him to be careful and to take another route." "Why you?" "Because I'm the one closest to him. Heydrich thinks he's tough. There's a party tonight at the castle."Victor will never agree to that. 47 . a long dark coat. Ilsa agreed. "But he'll send his men looking for us." he said quietly. "I'll tell him there's a plan to bomb his car tomorrow." "Are you sure it will work?" "Trust me." In the end. People like him never believe it can happen to them. but Louis was right.

who organizes most of the "working girls" in this city. and Salucci is too. You're finished." "I don't want to talk to a newspaperman. Senator." Meredith threw another copy of the Mirror on the desk." "Don't be so sure about Tick-Tock's loyalties at the moment . "Come in.Winchell. Rick put his gun in his pocket and sat in his office. and O'Hanlon knows everything else. . Documents have been sent to this newspaper." "You want to know what I know about you and Salucci. "You're not. The door opened. . has helped Senator Robert Meredith to become the famous politician that he is today." "I am. It was Meredith. I'd start worrying about Horowitz. I know everything . And if I were you. I was expecting you. . I know a lot. He helps you cheat the tax office . what kind of corruption is behind the Senators success? And who is Senator Merediths lovely wife? She is the only daughter of another famous gangster. "What's the meaning of this?" "Ask Mr. waiting. . He supplies you with girls. They tell us that Lorenzo Salucci." "You think you're such a smart guy. But why don't we 48 . ." answered Rick. Solomon Horowitz. the manager of the Tootsie-Wootsie Club. We also understand that she is spending a lot of time with Rick Baline." "Not yet." "Solly and Tick-Tock will have no problems with Salucci's boys. Where's my wife?" "She was my girl before she was your wife. . So. I want to talk to you.This newspaper has learned that a famous politician and a well-known gangster are suspected of working together for their own personal rewards.

" said Rick. He had to kill Salucci. Senator. and worry about the future later. he looked back. but I soon learned about all the corruption." he said. You cheated the government and you paid the police. but now Rick was stealing it. maybe more. Solly had kept it for Lois. "I'll show you who's nothing. but not before Meredith had shot Lois in the chest. Rick's bullet killed Meredith." said Lois. and ran. He saw Robert Meredith dead on the carpet and Lois Horowitz Meredith dead in Rick's arms. as he'll soon be in prison. performing your Favorite Songs. "I'm right here. He had a gun in his right hand. Rick." Lois looked at her husband. "Put that gun away. Lois's body fell from his arms for the last time." with Sam Waters at the Piano. before you hurt somebody. In the street. "I hate you. I tried to love you. One of Solly's men ran in."Go and see if Solly's OK." She came in. "You aren't brave enough to use that thing. Lois? Although it may not matter. I thought I loved you. and then threw her arms around Rick and kissed him." Rick stood up. You re not a man. half a million dollars. You're nothing!" Meredith stood up. 49 . smiled at Meredith.let the lady decide for herself? Lois!" he called. for my father." said Rick. Rick had his gun out too. "And where's Tick-Tock?" "I don't know. There was a notice outside the club: Tonight. There was a huge amount of money locked away in the office. Lunceford and Hupfield. Robert. including "As Time Goes By. He put it in a suitcase. You did business with people like my father while you pretended you were better than them. "Do you want to go back to him.

Lois's body fell from his arms for the last time. .

Rick kicked him. Where to?" "As far away from here as possible. He raced back over the river to Harlem. "Get your head down. Tick-Tock fired at Solly. Tick-Tock appearing from another room. The second man was on the floor. looking for Salucci? Rick had a good idea where Solly was. Tick-Tock was probably with him. One of Salucci's men? But where was Solly now? With Tick-Tock. but not for long. The second one shooting Solly in the neck.Rick drove to Solly's house. Rick shot Tick-Tock's brains onto the wall behind him. and in the middle of the floor lay a dead man with a bullet hole in the back of his head. Inside. hitting him. waiting for the arrival of Salucci. Rick fired his gun. Solly shooting the first of the three men as they ran in. There was no reply. but missed. half a second too late. bleeding. Sam arrived. They aren't looking for a black man. Rick shot him in the head as he ran through the door after Salucci's men. Rick fired too. but not dead. "Where is he? I'll give you one more chance. "Where's Salucci?" he shouted. This is what he saw: Solly at a table. He had to get there before it was too late. and a large Chrysler was parked outside. just before Rick shot him. and left the back way As he reached the street. Solly. things were in a terrible mess. Rick got in. Not Solly. but he was pointing it at Solly! The third man shot Solly in the arm. reaching for his gun. Where's Lorenzo Salucci?" No answer. Solly was still alive. The front door was open. Tick-Tock had a gun. There was a noise behind Rick." 51 . Rick. The front door was open as he passed. shooting the second man in the leg. No Tick-Tock. The driver didn't see Rick.

Mr." "Rick . I have to go. When his mother opened the door. this isn't the movies. "Goodbye. Rick opened his suitcase and put a large handful of money into each of his pockets." "No. they bought a copy of the Boston American. Baline is also suspected of killing the Merediths and Mr. The next morning. Horowitz." said Sam. he kissed her and gave her the suitcase.. Horowitz's business." But Rick had gone. Meredith and Mr. manager of the club. and of stealing a huge amount of money from the club. on the way to buy tickets for the ship to France. Sometimes the good guys don't win. One of the dead gangsters is Solomon Horowitz. Sam. I've always wanted to go there. who wanted to steal Robert Meredith's wife and Mr. reaching Boston in the late evening. Rick threw the paper away. and six gangsters died yesterday in the Tootsie-Wootsie Club and in the home of gangster. No. They were produced by Mr. but I want to go to my mother's place before we leave town. "I'm sorry. but today we can report that the documents were false. Yesterday's newspaper described criminal activities of Mr. "You're crazy. He shut the case and rang the bell. 52 ." Outside his mother's apartment. father of Mrs. his wife. Winchell's piece was there: EIGHT DEAD IN GANGSTER SHOOTINGS Senator Robert Meredith. Salucci. Rick. Rick Baline.." Rick said. Lorenzo Salucci. They drove all day."Good. Meredith. "But let's start with Salucci's club." "Maybe you're right." he said.

C h a p t e r 11 Walls H a v e Ears There was a soft knock on Louis Renault's door. Then he told her about an important event. He had gone to a bar. The Czech Resistance want us to stop the operation." "Did you go to bed with him?" "Yes . Just listen. That evening. Sorry." Louis felt happier after talking to Rick. It was Rick. We're going to stop the operation ourselves. she met her boyfriend. had a few drinks. Something's wrong. She wasted no time." She dropped her voice. it's our little secret. something big is going to happen. Ilsa's in trouble. He drank more and talked a lot. Louis. She listened carefully. "A bomb." "But do we tell Laszlo?" "No. We have to move quickly. "We'll still go to the bridge with our bomb and guns ready. "Karel." "Who told you this?" "A Frenchman. "Don't say anything. When we see them. and met a girl. They won't know what they're looking for." "No. "Walls have ears in this city. He talked carelessly. we can leave." 53 . Karel's brother. and we'll expect them. was in the Czech Resistance. . They don't know us. but something else had happened earlier in the day. Karel. and we'll look like heroes. ." "But they'll shoot us when we arrive." Rick turned the radio up. "We're going to do what you wanted to do. Josef." "What are we going to do?" Renault asked." He told Louis the plan for Ilsa to tell Heydrich about the bomb.

" said Louis. Josef and Jan were ready. " He saw that Pack wasn't really listening. The operation must continue. A flame burned in him. and tell your girlfriend the same! Understand?" "It had to be Louis. "Enjoy tonight. He was pleased she was with him on this important evening. Rick. Nazis!" "Don't be so jealous. Victor calmly thanked him for the information. . "Goodnight. Her dress was cut low at the back. The thought of those German hands on their lovely ." 54 . "Mr. Rick Blaine saw the lights in the castle. She didn't seem to be afraid of him. Heydrich looked at her. but he needed to tell Josef. and Heydrich moved his hands over her smooth white skin. though his stomach was turning. Across the river. Tomorrow's going to be a very busy day.Karel was sorry too. the ladies were beautiful. the food was excellent. and Miss Toumanova was the most beautiful. He wanted her. "Tomorrow Heydrich will be dead!" • Ilsa looked beautiful. Ilsa smiled as she moved away. Stupid Frenchman! Couldn't he leave women alone at a time like this?" Victor thought quickly. Sleep well. . Rick. The party was a great success. "Don't tell anybody. All the main guests had come. We both need to sleep well tonight. Tamara Toumanova was not like other women. Was the Frenchman talking about Operation Executioner? He went straight to the farmhouse in Lidice. Laszlo!" "What is it?" Breathlessly. Karel told him what he had heard. "There are probably some very beautiful women up there. He was ready to go in the morning. lighting a cigarette. He had received the message from Rick.

Reinhard. If she was the only person. 55 . and it was cold." This was her chance. at the castle. He sat down and looked at her. The window was open. They drank. "Don't be afraid. He took her arm violently. "Who is going to kill me?" " T h e Czech Resistance and their friends." he said. "Another?" said Heydrich. "But. I want to enjoy your beauty in the moonlight. she was dead. She had no choice. " H o w do you know this?" he demanded. "Tell everyone to go to bed. They are going to kill you!" He laughed. " N o thanks. Ilsa hoped he had told others. " G o and stand beside the window. She had to pretend to be happy. They're going to put a bomb in your car tomorrow morning on the Čechův Most. His smile had gone.Rick continued to stare at the castle until the last light had gone out. Earlier in the evening." She smiled. "There is nothing to fear. there is everything to fear." He turned to the servant. and suddenly she knew what she wanted to say. He ordered champagne. • Ilsa returned to Heydrich's house with him that night. He was drunk and very dangerous. She was shaking. Heydrich rose from his chair and went to Ilsa. she had poured most of her wine into the large flower pots." They were alone. He put his arms around her. She needed a clear head. Ilsa didn't want any." "The Čechův Most? How do they know that I have changed my route? Who told them?" This was the most dangerous moment. but she couldn't refuse.

I didn't know how to tell you before." Ilsa rushed to put her arms around him. "She has worked for me for years. It was the message from the Czech Resistance: "." "I have suspected this for some time." he told her.. and gave him one of her warmest smiles. but at the same time he wanted her." Ilsa gave him a piece of paper. She tried to control her hate as she touched his hair. do you think Frau Hentgen would hate me like that?" He let her go and sat down heavily on the floor. . Oh. "I'm not that kind of girl. . violently. Suddenly. If I was. He kissed her. She looked in his eye. . "Maybe I should order your arrest too?" "What?" She could see that he was suspicious of her. Danger. he reached out and pulled at her dress. " "Impossible!" he said confidently. but she could see that he wasn't sure. They want to kill you. "Stop!" she cried. "I'm trying to save your life. "I have ordered the arrest of Frau Hentgen." "She's jealous of us—of you. Operation Executioner. "Excellent. I've checked." "It was on her desk. I was afraid that you wouldn't believe me."Someone in your office is a traitor . "I will question her in the morning. "No!" he said. "Do you love me?" he asked. Tell London. Frau Hentgen ." she replied." To her surprise. he put up his arms to stop her. but now I'm sure. . of us. and then 56 . of me.. She hit him on the side of his face. Operation Executioner has been organized in London." He hurried to the telephone and returned to her a minute later. with help from people in Prague. She paused. Reinhard.

. The clock showed 7:00. Rick suddenly felt homesick. "Make love to me. People who love you. He looked like a perfect Nazi officer. You're saving people unpleasantness. Miss Toumanova. and so she had to move quickly. he did not plan to die. he had something to die for. You must send your best men to the Čechův Most. not for love. 57 . This is a time for hate. It's a man called Victor Laszlo . Everybody in Prague will see us together. he was walking nervously around the house. " N o t tonight. " she said. . Reinhard. though.said. Heydrich was never late." "You're not running away. " "Laszlo!" Heydrich shouted. But if there is no problem at the other bridge and if something happens on the Charles Bridge." He looked at her." " N o . there were no cars in the streets and no people." he agreed." "I will not run away! I am not afraid of Laszlo. New York was never like this. Sleep well. Downstairs. Ilsa was woken by one of Heydrich's servants. I will kill you myself." "You are right. "I will kill him with my own hands!" "Laszlo is a dangerous man. but you and I should go to the Charles Bridge tomorrow morning. This time. His boots were polished and his uniform was spotless." from Chapter 12 Goodbye Prague At 5:00 in the morning. "I know who's responsible. "But you will stay here tonight and cross the Charles Bridge with me tomorrow. But at last.

"If something happens on the Charles Bridge. I will kill you myself" .

Rick. See you later. covered by two fresh loaves of bread. He looked up." said Louis." Around them." The Čechův Most? N o ! Victor and the others were waiting at the Charles Bridge. people were beginning to arrive in the center of Prague for a normal day at work. They walked to the end of the bridge. with a basket on his arm. Miss Toumanova." he said. They got into the car." "I wanted to look my best. You Russians are all the same. Rick looked at his watch. It was 7:31." "I hope so. Victor and Louis had disappeared."You are late. and they were six minutes late. I suppose. Fifteen minutes from now. Where Was Victor? He should be here by now. "OK. " T h e Čechův Most. It was 7:39. The smoke bomb was inside it. Victor. Louis. 59 . Jan and Josef arrived. how are you this morning?" It was Louis. That wasn't part of the plan. You are like children. She had to change his route. He could see Jan and Josef and Louis in the distance. it would all be over. dressed as telephone workers. "Well. Her heart nearly stopped beating when she heard Heydrich's order to the driver. as Victor arrived. Then he noticed Victor. Rick." she replied. who had stopped beside Louis and was talking to him." Rick walked to the other end of the bridge. Had he been caught on his way from the village? "Goodbye. as the car moved forward. But how? "I thought you would like to see what I do to traitors. Reinhard. "Good morning.

You want to see the execution of Victor Laszlo. 7:47 . Heydrich was always on time . . " "Last night I said a lot of things." said Victor. "Is anything wrong?" "What could be wrong?" asked Victor. near the bridge. Captain Renault." "I hope so." There was something strange about Victor's voice. . and send a message back to London that the operation had failed." "This isn't the time to talk about that. "The Čechův Most?" she said softly."Good morning. He hoped he was waiting for nothing. Today is a new day. "Last night you said . Traffic moved slowly across the bridge. Rick 60 . It was 7:42. but no black Mercedes. 7:46 . "With luck. . . I'm sure?" "Yes. ." Rick stood on the Charles Bridge. we will escape. ." Heydrich looked at his watch." "I think I know how you feel. He hoped he could wait there for five minutes and then run." Louis checked his watch. It was 7:45 . . . " N o w my men are in position in the Jewish area of Prague. and the castle. "Today I will kill the man who is destroying my country and the people I love. Herr Heydrich." Louis told him. . " H o w can you know how I feel? Until a few months ago. With God's help. smoking a cigarette. • Ilsa tried to control the fear in her voice. you were employed by my enemy. we will succeed. He could see the city churches. We can discuss all that back in London. It's the most beautiful day of my life. .

lit another cigarette . listening to the music. He started to breathe more easily. I know he is. . . As Louis lay bleeding on the ground." "No. Not now. 7:52 . So Rick's warning had been successful. Rick had just decided to have another cigarette when. Maybe you know something that I don't?" He held Victor's hand tightly "You're a traitor. Where had he gone? Then he saw Louis. we can't. ." "I think we agreed on five minutes." Victor pressed his gun into Louis's chest. No Heydrich. you stupid . • Victor whispered to Louis. . . It was the same music that was played for important German visitors in Casablanca. Louis was disagreeing violently. . That's why Heydrich hasn't come. . Ten seconds before 7:50. And if you love me. to step into the road in front of Heydrich's car. . You told her because you wanted Heydrich to know. . 7:48 . as usual. . 7:54 . . Captain Renault. at a sign from Jan. 7:53 . One more minute and they could leave. . No German had ever been five minutes late for anything." "He's coming. Still no Heydrich. my people love me. he heard the music. suddenly. . "I think it's time to leave. I know about that girl. Heydrich was standing up in the car. Rick couldn't see Louis. 7:56. and Heydrich had taken the other bridge. You seem very anxious to leave. he heard the sound of music across the water. Victor was saying something to Louis. Louis looked sharp. . please go the other 61 . "Look. Miss Toumanova. "He's late." Louis was waiting." "Not more than I do. 7:49. 7:51 . What's happened?" "I don't have the slightest idea.

Heydrich looked at her. Rick saw Louis falling to the ground. I was a fool last night. his face didn't show it. Heydrich's Mercedes was in sight now. He knew immediately that his friend was dead.Victor threw the bomb into the car." If it was time to die. If he was surprised. She pulled his arm. to the Charles Bridge. He hit Heydrich just as Heydrich fired at Ilsa. And then Rick saw something else. The bullet missed her. Instead. Ilsa was in the car! Victor must see her. What was the matter with the man? Couldn't he listen to a warning? The car was turning the corner onto the bridge. Rick thought that Heydrich was going to shoot Victor. "No!" Rick shouted. but not in front of me. Kill the people at the other bridge if you want. I don't want to see the death of Victor Laszlo. At the same moment. Rick jumped into the car. Victor stepped into the street. I'm not used to the sight of blood.Victor!" Heydrich had a gun in his hand. with the bomb in his hand. "Hurry. He heard two more shots. Ten seconds! Rick tried to pick up the bomb. Reinhard. The driver and the 62 . "Then we can enjoy tonight together. running toward him. • Even before he heard the shot. behind the car. Then he heard Ilsa's voice.way. which was on the floor of the car. She hoped it would be quick. and I don't want anything to happen to you." He spoke to the driver." She paused. she was ready. He ran as fast as he could along the bridge. "Thank you. the Nazi pointed the gun at Ilsa. They were still six minutes late. "I cannot refuse a beautiful woman." She made her voice as warm and loving as possible. But Victor didn't stop. Please.

and she fell into his arms. he saw Ilsa lying against the wall at the edge of the bridge. Victor caught Heydrich's arm before Heydrich could hit Rick again. I'm sorry it's ended. Seven seconds. "Come on!" Rick shouted. "Jump!" Rick screamed. Zero. He hit Ilsa hard."Where are you? Rick pulled her back. Heydrich pulled out a knife. and he lifted Ilsa to her feet. "Victor!" she screamed." "You tried to stop him. Three steps. Jan picked him up. and ran. Why? You killed my husband!" She fought to get away from Rick. 63 . Rick was still trying to find the bomb. Nobody tried to stop him. Heydrich pushed the knife into Victor's heart. "You were a true friend. and tried to run to the car. Louis." The doors of a church were open to receive him. He couldn't reach her. Four seconds. Two seconds. "He's dead. His hand found Ilsa instead of the bomb. "Goodbye. "Victor!" cried Ilsa. pulling Ilsa up. He and Jan picked her up. but he could hear the police shouting. As Rick's head hit the road. and glass and metal rained from the sky. The Czechs on the bridge were not sure exactly what had happened yet. Victor shot Heydrich in the stomach.guard in the front seat were dead. Victor had one hand around Heydrich's throat and the other was holding a gun to Heydrich's stomach. It lifted the Mercedes off its wheels and into the air. Ilsa and Rick were out of the car and running. He passed Louis's body. Heydrich hit Rick on the head with his gun. The explosion was huge. Jan and Josef were doing their job. as planned." Rick thought. There was no time for explaining.

.Ilsa and Rick were out of the car and running.

He didn't want her to close the door again. "Some day. shot them. Then Ilsa woke up. To his surprise." Rick had to keep talking. cut off their heads and placed them on the walls of the Charles Bridge. Jan and Josef had not been so lucky. Rick was still trying to speak to Ilsa. Rick and Ilsa stayed in the farmhouse in Lidice. Three thousand Jews were put in trains and trucks. but she refused to speak to him." "I will never believe anything you say. only one red eye and hair covering her tears. and one hundred and fifty-two of these were executed a day later. they were back in Lidice. On the tenth day. but I wasn't ready to see you die. through another door and into a tunnel. he knocked again. Nobody gave any reasons for their deaths. He was losing hope. I hope you'll believe me. the door opened. late at night. "I want to explain. On the ninth day. the Nazi leaders in Berlin sent out new orders. Rick knocked on Ilsa's door. Five hundred others were arrested in Berlin. "What do you want?" He couldn't see her face." 65 . Two hours later. They hadn't seen each other since the day they arrived. "I hate you. The Germans caught them. Victor Laszlo's body was never seen again. Every day.He carried Ilsa downstairs. waiting for the British airplane. and taken to Auschwitz." she said. But why were you in the car? What did you expect me to do when I saw you? Let Victor kill you? I was ready to do a lot of things. After Heydrich's death. "Are you OK?" Rick asked.

Slowly, she opened the door a little wider. "When I told Victor I'd help him, I meant it," Rick continued. "I wanted to do it, if only for you. But Louis never trusted the British, and he was right. They didn't care about Heydrich. They wanted to make the Czechs angry. They wanted people to be killed, to remind the world about the Germans and the terror they're causing. They think the Czechs weren't fighting hard enough. I think Louis was right. The English are selfish." The door opened all the way. "Victor died for his beliefs," said Ilsa. "Yes, and he was happy for you to die too. That's the difference between him and me." Rick put his arms around her. "Can I come in?" She let him in and closed the door. "For a long time, I wanted to die because of something that I did years ago. Then I met you. You gave me back my life. I can't live without you. I tried, but I couldn't. Not after Paris. Not after Casablanca. Not now. N o t ever." " O h , Rick, I love you so much." They held each other. "I thought you hated me." " N o , " she said softly. "The time for hate is over." Her lips met his. That night, a message came. A small airplane would land at eight o'clock the next morning, just outside the village. They woke to the sounds of German shouts and gunfire. Karel Gabčík ran into the house and hurried them into a waiting car. "Tell the world," he called, as the car moved forward. "Tell everybody what is happening here." The car raced away, followed by a German truck. " R u n , " Rick told Ilsa, as they reached the airplane. "And when you're inside, tell them to take off. Understand?" "I won't leave you."

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"Run!" Ilsa ran. Rick jumped out and fired at the truck. He wanted them to shoot at him, and not at the airplane. He was ten meters away, and the airplane was starting to move. He was almost there, when a bullet hit his left leg. He reached forward. There were fingers touching his. Someone shot at the Germans from inside the airplane. Another bullet hit him on the shoulder . . . and then . . . he was inside, in someone's arms. The door shut. He lay on the floor, wondering which parts of his body still worked. He looked up. The fear in Ilsa's face had turned to worry, and then happiness. "Good morning, Mr. Blaine," said Major Miles, as the plane left the ground. "And congratulations."

Chapter 13

H e l l o Casablanca

Seven months later, Rick and Ilsa stepped onto another airplane. This one was going to Casablanca. The reservations were in the names of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Blaine. Sam Waters was with them. "Are you sure you want to, Sam?" Rick asked him. "How many times are you going to ask me, Rick? Of course, I'm coming with you." Although Ricks arm was better, he still walked with difficulty. His dancing days had ended, but he had married Ilsa, in the presence of Sam and Major Miles. It was nearly the end for the Germans in North Africa. Three days after Casablanca had become safe, Rick said to Ilsa, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" She was.

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"Rick! Sam! Look!"

When the airplane started to circle Casablanca, Ilsa looked out. "Rick! Sam! Look!" They looked. The sign was still there: R I C K ' S CAFÉ AMERICAIN. They went there immediately. It wasn't far. The place was closed, but the door was open. Sam's piano was in the corner, dusty but unharmed. "Sam, play us some of the old songs," said Ilsa. "You know what she means, Sam," said Rick, as Ilsa smiled that beautiful smile. "You still remember it, don't you? Play 'As Time Goes By.'" He played it. Now, at last, it was a story with an ending. Ilsa threw her arms around Rick's neck and kissed him until she couldn't breathe.

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Who are they? What do you know about them? If you have not seen the movie. 2 Find the words in italics in your dictionary. in New York? f gives Rick a job at the Tootsie-Wootsie Club? g is an Irish American gangster? 6 Discuss these questions. a arrest. They are all in the story. The action in Chapters 2 and 3 takes place in three other countries. Make sentences using the words. read the Introduction to this book. tough c Major. whiskey 3 Answer the questions about the words in italics.ACTIVITIES Chapters 1-3 Before you read 1 Have you seen the movie Casablanca? Talk about the main characters. a We know that "Rick wanted to be Solly some day!" What does this mean? What kind of life must Rick lead to be successful? 71 . a Why do people gamble? b Which part of your body do you use to grasp something? c Is a moment a long or a short time? d Why was there a French Resistance during the Second World War? e Why do people ask for a visa? 4 The book starts in Morocco. After you read 5 Who: a killed Major Strasser in Casablanca? b has been the chief of the French police in Casablanca? c is married to Victor? d plays the piano? e was Rick's first love. suspect b gangster. senator d prefer. Which countries? Have a quick look.

6 Before you read 7 What do you think Rick. d Have you polished your shoes today? e I am suspicious of all politicians.. our activities. and Victor will do next? 8 What are these sentences in your language? Find the words in italics in your dictionary. llsa. and we all drank champagne.b llsa says. I mean. Louis. a Which of these would you trust with your money? Why? Sam O'Hanlon Tick-Tock Meredith Rick Salucci b Does Lois marry Meredith for good reasons? 11 Find these words in your dictionary. After you read 9 Answer these questions. a It was a wonderful party. b The man was executed for his crimes. "I want to take part in your activities . \ c She killed her son to protect the family honor. frightening person or animal? c a musical instrument? 72 .." What does she mean? How do you think she can help? Chapters 4 . a Why does Rick go to the British Library? b How do the British plan to kill Heydrich? c Who goes to Prague first? Why? d Why does Rick not like Robert Meredith? e Who shoots who in the Tootsie-Wootsie Club? Why? Chapters 7-9 Before you read 10 Discuss these questions. affair evil horrible monster parachute rise treaty violin Which word describes: a a formal agreement between enemies? b a terrible.

who would be more angry? Why? 15 Discuss these questions. Does he have other women?" c "Robert Meredith's on his way to see you. Rick or Victor? How is her love for each of them different? If she made love to Heydrich." Chapters 10-13 Before you read 14 Discuss these questions. What do you think is the answer to their question? b Do you think llsa will change Heydrich's mind about his morning route? If there is a problem with the plan." d "I prefer indoor sports.d e f g h something that is not nice? someone who is very." e "He wants to make love to me. very bad? a loving relationship between two people? protection when you jump from an airplane? a movement toward the top? After you read 12 What does llsa do in the castle? How much danger do you think she is in? Why? 13 Who is speaking? Who to? a "I understand you are a good pianist. to help the operation. a Victor and Louis have both asked Rick why he never returned to New York. who will want to continue in Prague until Heydrich is dead? Who will not? Why? c Who does llsa love more. a Is there corruption in politics in every country? b When is it an advantage to be a huge person? When is it a disadvantage? c Is a traitor always an evil person? d When is it necessary to build a tunnel? 73 ." b "He's a politician. Find the words in italics in your dictionary.

5 Bentinck Street. Answers for the Activities in this book are published in our free resource packs for teachers." From Lidice. d Rick leaves New York with no money. until the moment when Rick leaves New York. What did you do? How did you feel? 19 Write a short history of the Tootsie-Wootsie Club. It doesn't come over the It comes over the shoots because he has told a girl about the operation. 23 Imagine that you are going to make a movie of As Time Goes By. You stay in London while the others are in Prague. 17 Complete these sentences with the names of people or places. 20 Imagine that you are llsa. Heydrich kills with a knife. The two Czechs. c Solly was killed by Meredith. Please write to your local Pearson Education office or to: Marketing Department. Write a report on Operation Executioner for the British Government. 22 Imagine that you are Major Miles. Write a letter to Rick's mother in New York. Include examples which show the differences between them. b Tick-Tock was a loyal member of Solly's gang. are there with guns. or available on a separate sheet. . finally. but says to . Rick and Ilsa go back to and then. to Writing 18 Imagine that you are Sam. the Penguin Readers Factsheets. 's car is late. "You killed my husband. Tell her about yourself. Write your diary for one of those days. You have spoken to llsa and Rick after their return from Prague. London W1M 5RN. Penguin Longman Publishing. and your new life in Casablanca.After you read 16 Correct the mistakes in these sentences. the wedding. 21 Compare the characters of Rick and Victor. a Lois killed her husband. Ask if he agrees with you. Who will you choose to play the main characters? Why? Write a letter to Michael Walsh. and .

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