Saturday, 16 March 2013

Analysis of Katya and Barley's conversation

Yakov Yefremovich Savelyev
The Russia House, London
CIA Headquarters, Langley Virginia, USA
Barley’s Hotel room, Hotel Ukraine, Moscow,
Katya’s apartment, Moscow

MIS and CIxA discuss the implications of Dante’s identity: Yakov Yefremovich Savelyev, gifted mathematician, physicist and top scientist in the Soviet military industrial complex. 

“Savelyev?! –He’s the right hand of god over there  . . . and he says its shit! The Soviet Threat is one big lie?”
Barley talks to Katya on the telephone from his hotel room – announcing his imminent departure to Leningrad on the night train, to meet his “new American partner” for a pow wow.  Katya instructs him to sit on his luggage, as the Russian custom dictates one must do before a long journey, sigh a little 
and make the sign of the cross (In the Orthodox manner – not   Roman Catholic*)

*RC order is spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch – Forehead, chest, left shoulder, right shoulder; Russian Orthodox: right shoulder first, then left