Comment The Quiet American. Vietnam has a long and varied history of independence, Chinese domination, and its own. Vietnam has a long and varied history of independence, Chinese domination, and its own domination of other Southeast Asian states.
A lot of old women in black trousers squatted on the landing: One trishaw driver pedalled slowly by towards the riverfront and I could see lamps burning where they had disembarked the new American planes.
There was no sign of Pyle anywhere in the long street. Of course, I told myself, he might have been detained for some reason at the American Legation, but surely in that case he would have telephoned to the restaurant — he was very meticulous about small courtesies.
I turned to go indoors when I saw a girl waiting in the next doorway. I couldn't see her face, only the white silk trousers and the long flowered robe, but I knew her for all that. She had so often waited for me to come home at just this place and hour.
I knew before she had time to tell me that she was waiting for Pyle too. The police might pick you up. I thought of several ironic and unpleasant jests I might make, but neither herEnglish nor her French would have been good enough for her to understand the irony, and, strange to say, I had no desire to hurt her or even to hurt myself.
When we reached the landing all the old women turned their heads, and as soon as we had passed their voices rose and fell as though they were singing together.
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They had fallen between the keys of my typewriter. I picked them out. He's such a punctual man. Phuong lit the gas stove and began to boil the water for tea. It might have been six months ago.
I saw that she was doing her hair differently, allowing it to fall black and straight over her shoulders. I remembered that Pyle had once criticized the elaborate hairdressing which she thought became the daughter of a mandarin. I shut my eyes and she was again the same as she used to be: I wondered what they talked about together.
Pyle was very earnest and I had suffered from his lectures on the Far East, which he had known for as many months as I had years. Democracy was another subject of his — he had pronounced and aggravating views on what the United States was doing for the world.
Phuong on the other hand was wonderfully ignorant; if Hitler had come into the conversation she would have interrupted to ask who he was.
The explanation would be all the more difficult because she had never met a German or a Pole and had only the vaguest knowledge of European geography, though about Princess Margaret of course she knew more than I. I heard her put a tray down on the end of the bed.
There had been a time when I thought none of their voices sang like Phuong's. I put out my hand and touched her arm — their bones too were as fragile as a bird's.
When I opened my eyes she had lit the lamp and the tray was already prepared. The lamplight made her skin the colour of dark amber as she bent over the flame with a frown of concentration, heating the small paste of opium, twirling her needle.
A man's sexual capacity might be injured by smoking, but they would always prefer a faithful to a potent lover.
Now she was kneading the little ball of hot paste on the convex margin of the bowl and I could smell the opium.
There is no smell like it. Beside the bed my alarm-clock showed twelvetwenty, but already my tension was over. The lamp lit her face as she tended the long pipe, bent over it with the serious attention she might have given to a child.
I was fond of my pipe: Two-thirds of the way down was the bowl, like a convolvulus reversed, the convex margin polished and darkened by the frequent kneading of the opium. Now with a flick of the wrist she plunged the needle into the tiny cavity, released the opium and reversed the bowl over the flame, holding the pipe steady for me.
The bead of opium bubbled gently and smoothly as I inhaled. The practised inhaler can draw a whole pipe down in one breath, but I always had to take several pulls. Then I lay back, with my neck on the leather pillow, while she prepared the second pipe.
I said, 'You know, really, it's as clear as daylight. Pyle knows I smoke a few pipes before bed, and he doesn't want to disturb me.This is the reason for Fowler's remorse. Lesson Summary. Graham Greene provides a bit of intrigue in The Quiet American. Whether one wants to view the story as the struggle for the love of a woman.
The Quiet American: chapter section length in pages. Flashbacks and Narration. One of the fascinating aspects of the novel is Greene’s use of narration and flashback. The novel is mostly told in flashback, with Fowler recounting the events leading up to Pyle’s death.
The Quiet American - Pyle's Proposal. An awkward visit to Fowler and Phuong's home is made even worse, when Pyle makes an uncomfortable declaration.
In this scene: Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser), Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine), Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen). Thomas Fowler is a British journalist in his fifties who has been covering the French war in Viet Nam for over two years.
Graham Greene: The Quiet American. Alden Pyle is an American fresh out of Harvard who comes to Vietnam intending to do good. Instead, he fatally misunderstands the reality of the situation and. The novel opens with the reported death of Aldous Pyle, the titular ‘quiet American’; a young and inexperienced envoy to the east who was also Fowler’s love-rival. The story of Pyle’s brief time in Vietnam is then told in flash-back, narrated in the first-person singular by Fowler. Apr 06, · The Quiet American by Graham Greene. In the early s, French colonial military forces are bogged down in an increasingly brutal war for control of French Indochina, and the possibility of a Viet Minh victory has begun to attract the attention of certain sectors of the American military and political establishment.
He meets a young American idealist named Alden Pyle, who is a student of York Harding. Harding's theory is that neither Communism nor colonialism are the answer in foreign lands.
Points of View. The Quiet American is written solely from Thomas Fowler's point of view and in the first person. It is somewhat unusual that Fowler is both narrator and a strong character in the story. He writes the book as a means of making sense of what happened during this period of his life.
Apr 21, · The Disquieting Resonance of 'The Quiet American' Can we learn from our past mistakes? Pico Iyer finds modern meaning in Graham Greene's novel about a naive American who arrives in a foreign place.