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

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

.Casablanca airport was dark and full of recent memories.

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

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

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

cars. Louis hadn't. Sam showed his real driving ability. 4 . He had always enjoyed the gambling. and they had time to see the shocked face of the German gunman in the back of the big. black Mercedes before it struck a tree. but New York seemed a long way away and a long time ago. He thought about Lois. or was he following Victor's belief in resistance to the Germans? He thought he knew the answer. Rick and Louis were left to their thoughts in the back seat. before the car stopped at the airfield. and then the final explosion came. and Sam drove away from the burning Mercedes. Rick?" he asked. Louis thought about himself. Rick's thoughts returned to Ilsa. The bullet went through the driver's left eye. An enormous orange ball of flame shot up into the sky. Rick could not get Ilsa out of his mind. but after Strasser's death it was time to leave. Rick fired at the passing car. He suddenly drove the car off the road and pulled it around in a complete circle. "Where did you learn to shoot. "Nice shooting. We have to catch an airplane. forget it. too. The gunman sent two wild shots into the air. who had appeared in his life again two days ago. and the money He had also gambled successfully on working with the Nazis in Casablanca." The cigarettes and the bottle came out again.) Was he following Ilsa now. Let's go. "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. Now. Lois had been his first love. They had arrived at Lyautey. (Was it only two days? A lot had happened in those two days. the women. Boss." But Sam had seen Rick in action before. maybe a bit of all three. Louis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

.The first bullet hit the wall behind his head.

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

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

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

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

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

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

.He looked at her with his ice blue eyes.

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

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

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

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

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

.Rick looked quickly through the papers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three thousand Jews were put in trains and trucks. they were back in Lidice. After Heydrich's death. Then Ilsa woke up. but I wasn't ready to see you die. waiting for the British airplane. "I hate you. late at night. Every day. the Nazi leaders in Berlin sent out new orders. To his surprise. Rick knocked on Ilsa's door." 65 . shot them." Rick had to keep talking. "I want to explain. through another door and into a tunnel. Five hundred others were arrested in Berlin. and one hundred and fifty-two of these were executed a day later. I hope you'll believe me. but she refused to speak to him.He carried Ilsa downstairs. 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. The Germans caught them." she said. Nobody gave any reasons for their deaths. only one red eye and hair covering her tears. Rick and Ilsa stayed in the farmhouse in Lidice." "I will never believe anything you say. and taken to Auschwitz. cut off their heads and placed them on the walls of the Charles Bridge. On the tenth day. the door opened. He was losing hope. Rick was still trying to speak to Ilsa. Jan and Josef had not been so lucky. Victor Laszlo's body was never seen again. "What do you want?" He couldn't see her face. They hadn't seen each other since the day they arrived. "Some day. Two hours later. he knocked again. He didn't want her to close the door again. On the ninth day. "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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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. read the Introduction to this book. whiskey 3 Answer the questions about the words in italics. 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 . Which countries? Have a quick look. tough c Major. Make sentences using the words. senator d prefer. The action in Chapters 2 and 3 takes place in three other countries.ACTIVITIES Chapters 1-3 Before you read 1 Have you seen the movie Casablanca? Talk about the main characters. in New York? f gives Rick a job at the Tootsie-Wootsie Club? g is an Irish American gangster? 6 Discuss these questions. They are all in the story. 2 Find the words in italics in your dictionary. suspect b gangster. Who are they? What do you know about them? If you have not seen the movie. a arrest. 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.

"I want to take part in your activities . Louis. frightening person or animal? c a musical instrument? 72 ." What does she mean? How do you think she can help? Chapters 4 . and we all drank champagne. our activities. 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. \ c She killed her son to protect the family honor. a It was a wonderful party. After you read 9 Answer these questions. 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. d Have you polished your shoes today? e I am suspicious of all politicians. and Victor will do next? 8 What are these sentences in your language? Find the words in italics in your dictionary. affair evil horrible monster parachute rise treaty violin Which word describes: a a formal agreement between enemies? b a terrible... b The man was executed for his crimes.b llsa says. I mean. llsa.6 Before you read 7 What do you think Rick.

" d "I prefer indoor sports. Rick or Victor? How is her love for each of them different? If she made love to Heydrich. to help the operation. who would be more angry? Why? 15 Discuss these questions. 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. 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." Chapters 10-13 Before you read 14 Discuss these questions. Find the words in italics in your dictionary. a Victor and Louis have both asked Rick why he never returned to New York. Does he have other women?" c "Robert Meredith's on his way to see you. 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." e "He wants to make love to me.d e f g h something that is not nice? someone who is very. who will want to continue in Prague until Heydrich is dead? Who will not? Why? c Who does llsa love more.

d Rick leaves New York with no money. are there with guns. 21 Compare the characters of Rick and Victor. Tell her about yourself." From Lidice. to Writing 18 Imagine that you are Sam. Write your diary for one of those days. Write a report on Operation Executioner for the British Government. The two Czechs. and . 17 Complete these sentences with the names of people or places. but says to . Who will you choose to play the main characters? Why? Write a letter to Michael Walsh. Include examples which show the differences between them. 23 Imagine that you are going to make a movie of As Time Goes By. Penguin Longman Publishing. You stay in London while the others are in Prague. the Penguin Readers Factsheets. and your new life in Casablanca. 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. until the moment when Rick leaves New York. 20 Imagine that you are llsa. Please write to your local Pearson Education office or to: Marketing Department. the wedding. "You killed my husband. finally. or available on a separate sheet. 's car is late.After you read 16 Correct the mistakes in these sentences. Ask if he agrees with you. 5 Bentinck Street. Rick and Ilsa go back to and then. a Lois killed her husband. Answers for the Activities in this book are published in our free resource packs for teachers. London W1M 5RN. 22 Imagine that you are Major Miles. . Heydrich kills with a knife. b Tick-Tock was a loyal member of Solly's gang. You have spoken to llsa and Rick after their return from Prague. c Solly was killed by Meredith. Write a letter to Rick's mother in New York.

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