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The Secret Adversary

6. A Plan Of Campaign
A veil might with profit be drawn over the events of the next half-hour. Suffice it to say
that no such person as "Inspector Brown" was known to Scotland Yard. The photograph
of Jane Finn, which would have been of the utmost value to the police in tracing her, was
lost beyond recovery. Once again "Mr. Brown" had triumphed.
The immediate result of this set back was to effect a rapprochement between Julius
Hersheimmer and the Young Adventurers. All barriers went down with a crash, and
Tommy and Tuppence felt they had known the young American all their lives. They
abandoned the discreet reticence of "private inquiry agents," and revealed to him the
whole history of the joint venture, whereat the young man declared himself "tickled to
He turned to Tuppence at the close of the narration.
"I've always had a kind of idea that English girls were just a mite moss-grown. Old-
fashioned and sweet, you know, but scared to move round without a footman or a maiden
aunt. I guess I'm a bit behind the times!"
The upshot of these confidential relations was that Tommy and Tuppence took up their
abode forthwith at the Ritz, in order, as Tuppence put it, to keep in touch with Jane Finn's
only living relation. "And put like that," she added confidentially to Tommy, "nobody
could boggle at the expense!"
Nobody did, which was the great thing.
"And now," said the young lady on the morning after their installation, "to work!"
Mr. Beresford put down the Daily Mail, which he was reading, and applauded with
somewhat unnecessary vigour. He was politely requested by his colleague not to be an
"Dash it all, Tommy, we've got to DO something for our money."
Tommy sighed.
"Yes, I fear even the dear old Government will not support us at the Ritz in idleness for
"Therefore, as I said before, we must DO something."
"Well," said Tommy, picking up the Daily Mail again, "DO it. I shan't stop you."
"You see," continued Tuppence. "I've been thinking----"