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 <h2 id="to_the_lions_den">6. To the Lion's Den.</h2>
 <p>The Limousine drove me back to the hotel and there I went to sleep, after barely taking off my clothes. I slept a lot that night. When I woke up in the morning it was already Ten O'clock, and I decided to order a small breakfast to my room. The flight back home was only due in the evening, so I had plenty of time; usually I would have used the opportunity to continue my tour of the metropolis, but the interview and the preparations for it exhausted me physically and mentally.</p>
 <p>Therefore I decided to stay in my room and watch television. I was happy for the chance to see so many series at once, something that was not usually possible in the village. When I saw sitcoms I decided that I'll keep guessing what the next punch-line would be. All in all I was successful in 23.3 percent of the cases. Not bad for a beginner.</p>
-<p>Eventually I got tired of watching television and I went down to the hotel's lobby. While I sat there I thought about the book I was going to write about everything that happened to me. I started planning the style in which I would write it, how I'll negotiate with the publisher, how much money should I demand as an initial offer, and what circulation could it have. But then I realized something: despite the fact that I am one of the men who had the most enormous effect on worldwide politics in the last couple of years, if not in the last couple of decades, it wouldn't be probable that my book would be very successful. First, I wouldn't be able to describe many events in it, because the majority of the readers would not want me to describe the period in which I served in the Organisation. Moreover, I came to a realisation that there is another aspect of the affair which I did not cover yet.</p>
-<p>Thus I reached the conclusion that in order for the book to succeed, I must visit the Enemy's country. I realised that I also have a patriotic motive to do this, because I could integrate the collection of important intelligence information about the Enemy,  into the visit. So, I rose from my seat, went out of the hotel, ordered a cab and went to the embassy of the Enemy.</p>
+<p>Eventually I got tired of watching television and I went down to the hotel's lobby. While I sat there I thought about the book I was going to write about everything that happened to me. I started planning the style in which I would write it, how I'll negotiate with the publisher, how much money I should demand as an initial offer, and what circulation could it have. But then I realized something: despite the fact that I am one of the men who had the most enormous effect on worldwide politics in the last few years, if not in the last few decades, it wouldn't be probable that my book would be very successful. First, I wouldn't be able to describe many events in it, because the majority of the readers would not want me to describe the period in which I served in the Organisation. Moreover, I came to a realisation that there is another aspect of the affair which I did not cover yet.</p>
+<p>Thus I reached the conclusion that in order for the book to succeed, I must visit the Enemy's country. I realised that I also have a patriotic motive to do this, because I could integrate the collection of important intelligence information about the Enemy, into the visit. So, I rose from my seat, went out of the hotel, ordered a cab and went to the Enemy's embassy.</p>
 <p>I entered the embassy and the way embassies are I had to stand in line in order to talk with the clerk. After I waited in line for about half an hour, I managed to speak with her at last, and declared my desire to visit the Enemy's country. She gave me a form and asked me to fill in my details. I took the form, took out a pen from the pocket of my shirt and started to fill the form. In my opinion, it was a very inefficient form and practically unnecessary. Judge for yourself:</p>
 <p>"Private Name:", in this field I wrote: "The ex-Member of the Organisation".</p>
 <p>"Family Name:", in this field I wrote: "The family of the ex-Member of the Organisation".</p>
 <p>"Address: Home of the family of the ex-Member of the Organisation; The Village; The Country".</p>
 <p>"Sex [also species]: Human (Homo Sapiens)." It was hard for me to believe that there is at the moment another species of organisms that can fill the form, but I let it slide.</p>
 <p>"Citizenship: The Country." I assumed that for diplomatic purposes it existed.</p>
-<p>"Marital Status [= Familiar Status] : son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law." I assumed they were not interested in a farther relation.</p>
+<p>"Marital Status [= Familiar Status] : son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law." I assumed they were not interested in more distant relations.</p>
 <p>"Purpose of the visit:", I decided to be honest with them, so they won't cause me trouble so I wrote "hostile espionage" in this field.</p>
-<p>"Criminal record:", since all my actions as a member of the Organisation were performed on a national background I wrote: "None" in this field.</p>
+<p>"Criminal record:", since all my activity as a member of the Organisation had been performed on a national background I wrote: "None" in this field.</p>
 <p>"Duration of stay:", it was hard for me to estimate it so I wrote: "Undefined, unknown, inaccessible and/or cannot be approximated or extrapolated."</p>
-<p>After I finished filling the form, I waited in line for another clerk. When my turn arrived I gave her my form along with my passport and told her I wish to visit her country. The clerk looked at the form and then distorted her face as a sign of perplexity. "Sir, I'm afraid this form is not filled well." She told me.</p>
+<p>After I finished filling the form, I waited in line for another clerk. When my turn arrived I gave her my form along with my passport and told her I wish to visit her country. The clerk looked at the form and then distorted her face from perplexity. "Sir, I'm afraid this form is not filled well." She told me.</p>
 <p>"Really?" I answered, "Why not?"</p>
 <p>"For instance under 'Sex' you were supposed to write if you're a male or a female."</p>
 <p>"And I thought it meant a biological species. The name of this field mislead me. In my opinion, you should change it to 'sexual status' or 'sexual tendency'."</p>
 <p>"Yes, and besides in 'Marital Status' you were supposed to fill in if you're single or married with or without children and so on."</p>
 <p>"Oh, if I had been married I would have also written there that I'm a husband, son-in-law, brother-in-law and so forth while if I had had children I would have also put 'father'."</p>
 <p>"O.K., but it seems to me that there is a more serious problem. You are the citizen of the Country, which is in a state of war with us; you were a member of the Organisation and took a part in terrorist activity that was aimed against us, and if that's not enough you write that the purpose of your visit is 'hostile espionage'. I don't think we can let you in our country that way."</p>
-<p>"In my opinion, you should have an interest to let me in now. After all, I am the ex-Member of the Organisation, a person with a central role and a long-term effect on politics. If I had stood in the head of your security institutions, I would have been very happy if I were able to interview myself, and I can't see a better chance to do that than if I visit your country, where you'll have a legal privilege to do so. Besides that, I must indicate that my espionage methods are too sophisticated for me to have to take illegal espionage actions, such as obtaining secret documents, or listening to conferences behind closed doors."</p>
+<p>"In my opinion, you should have an interest to let me in now. After all, I am the ex-Member of the Organisation, a person with a central role and a long-term effect on politics. If I stood in chage of your security institutions, I would be very happy if I were able to interview myself, and I can't see a better chance to do that than if I visit your country, where you'll have a legal privilege to do so. Besides that, I must indicate that my espionage methods are too sophisticated for me to have to take illegal espionage actions, such as obtaining secret documents, or listening to conferences behind closed doors."</p>
 <p>"I.e.: you only intend to do things that a regular tourist is freely allowed to do?"</p>
 <p>"Absolutely."</p>
 <p>"Ah hah." The clerk said and thought for a moment. "Know what? I'll pass on your request to the higher levels. In case you get an approval to enter the Enemy's country, I'll let you know about it by phone, as long you stay in this country."</p>
 <p>"I would very much like to visit your country and therefore I'm willing to wait here, even a couple of days."</p>
 <p>"All right. Goodbye."</p>
 <p>"Goodbye to you too and thanks for your help."</p>
-<p>I went back to the hotel, and extended my stay (from my own money this time) - it was hard to know how long they will consider if to let me in the Enemy's country. I decided to continue my tour of the city, and returned to the hotel only in the evening. After I entered, I was informed at the reception that I got a message from the Enemy's embassy which informed me that I was allowed to enter the Enemy's country.</p>
+<p>I went back to the hotel, and extended my stay (out of my own packet this time) - it was hard to know how long they will consider if to let me in the Enemy's country. I decided to continue my tour of the city, and returned to the hotel only in the evening. After I entered, I was informed at the reception that I got a message from the Enemy's embassy which informed me that I was allowed to enter the Enemy's country.</p>
 <p>So I went the other day's morning to the Embassy and filled all the other necessary forms. After the visit to the Embassy, I managed to order one of the last tickets to a flight that left that very evening. I went after a few hours to the airport, where after longer than usual arrangements (due to the special permit I was given), I boarded an airplane that flew directly to the Enemy's country.</p>
 <h2 id="interviewing_with_the_enemy">7. Interviewing with the Enemy</h2>
 <p>After I landed in the airport I ordered a hotel in one of the main cities in the Enemy's country and took a cab that went there. On the way I was able to see the view around, and despite the closeness to my country, it was much different from what was known to me. I'm not talking about the climate - the country was simply more developed. The economy of the Enemy's country is far from being perfect, but it is still considered to be one of the countries of the other part of the world.</p>
 <p>After I rose up in the morning and started to tour it (with a direct intention to gather intelligence information) I noticed that the atmosphere there was not much different from what I remembered in my country. However, it bothered me that all the people I asked accepted Aristotle's Organum without a doubt. I assumed that that what would happen, but I hope the publication of my book will change this fact even there.</p>
-<p>It was in the middle of that day when a black car stopped next to me and a man that wore sun-glasses cam out from the seat next to the driver's seats. He said to me in a thick voice: "The ex-Member of the Organisation, in order to prevent unpleasantness, please enter and sit at the back seat of the car."</p>
+<p>It was in the middle of that day when a black car stopped next to me and a man that wore sun-glasses came out from the seat next to the driver's seats. He said to me in a thick voice: "The ex-Member of the Organisation, in order to prevent unpleasantness, please enter and sit at the back seat of the car."</p>
 <p>"Sir," I replied, "I have a natural tendency to create unpleasantness, but I am willing to suppress it for the while and thus I'll cooperate." I said that and entered the car through the back door which was already open. I saw that outside the car, the man that wore the sun-glasses, closed the back door and entered the car himself. The car drove away, and after a short drive stopped in front of a fortified building. </p>
 <p>I was instructed to get out of the car and after I exited from it, the guards in the entrance to the building let me and the man from the front in. He led me in a couple of hallways until we reached a door. The door opened into a window-less room, inside which there was a desk. On one of its side set a man, that I assumed was the investigator, and in its other side was a vacant chair. The man that escorted me, told me to sit there, and then closed the door in which we entered and sat down at a chair on the side.</p>
 <p>The investigator addressed me and said: "Are you the ex-Member of the Organisation?"</p>
 <p>"Yes, sir.", I answered him.</p>
 <p>"We would like to ask you a few questions regarding the Organisation and we hope, for your and our sake, that you will cooperate with us."</p>
-<p class="P1"/>
 <p>"I'll do the best I can. Normally, I tend not to cooperate even with myself. That way, if I decide to do a foolish thing - I don't get hurt and can't be blamed for causing it either."</p>
-<p>"O.K.. I apologise that we brought you here so urgently, but you must remember that if it wasn't for this interview, you wouldn't be able to visit here, and we wanted to interview you before you start touring our country and we'll lose track of you."</p>
+<p>"Very well… I apologise that we brought you here so urgently, but you must remember that if it wasn't for this interview, you wouldn't be able to visit here, and we wanted to interview you before you start touring our country and we'll lose track of you."</p>
 <p>"Sir, the only person who ever lost track of me is myself."</p>
 <p>"I understand, but since you're already here I'll begin the interview anyway. First question: why did you resign from the Organisation?"</p>
 <p>"Because I wanted to resign from it."</p>
-<p>"And why did you wanted to resign from the Organisation?"</p>
+<p>"And why did you want to resign from the Organisation?"</p>
 <p>"So I'll have a good excuse if somebody asks me why I resigned from it."</p>
-<p>The investigator seemed a bit confused but went on to investigate me: "O.K. Please describe to us in general your service in the Organisation."</p>
+<p>The investigator seemed a bit confused but went on to investigate me: "O.K., Please describe to us in general your service in the Organisation."</p>
 <p>"Generally, I served in the Organisation by following my commander's orders in our trial to kill as many soldiers from your army as possible."</p>
 <p>"Would you be a little more specific?"</p>
 <p>"But you asked me to describe the service in general."</p>
 <p>"Of course, I can explain Newton's Second Law of Motion to you. It's a very useful law and is almost compulsory for effective military warfare."</p>
 <p>"The men of our military know and understand Newton's Second Law of Motion very well, and I'm sure they use it a lot for many purposes in the routine management of the military."</p>
 <p>"You see: even you agree that it's useful! But since you already know it, I don't suppose that there's a use for me to explain it to you. I can guide you in other fields of physics that I'm familiar with."</p>
-<p>"It won't be necessary. I'm afraid I'm out of questions to ask you."</p>
+<p>"That won't be necessary. I'm afraid I'm out of questions to ask you."</p>
 <p>"Excellent." I replied, "Because I'm out of answers too: I made an effort that my answers will be as to the point and as informative as possible, but at a certain point, I too ran out of available knowledge."</p>
-<p class="P1"/>
 <h2 id="with_enemies_like_this_who_needs_friends">8. With Enemies Like This, Who Needs Friends?</h2>
 <p>After they took me out of the building of the intelligence agency, I decided to continue my tour of the Enemy's country with the emphasis on collecting important intelligence information in indirect means. I started my intelligence work in a visit I conducted the next day's morning in one of the water parks of the country. I always wanted to visit a place like that and to amuse myself in it, and I assumed I can conduct some serious espionage over there. I continued with guided tours in the main cities and in the ancient cities, a visit to the theme park, and meals at fancy restaurants. One of the most dangerous espionage missions I took was a guided tour for expert hikers that included cliff-hanging. Of course the rest of the tourists that participated in the tour could have done the same intelligence work I did, but they were not aware of the great intelligence potential that was inherited in it.</p>
 <p>After I completed all those missions I possessed a large amount of intelligence information about the Enemy. The only fact that could shadow the success of my mission was that that information was not substantially different from the information I had before I visited its country. In any case, all those missions exhausted me and I decided to continue in the tour in a less intensive pace; I decided that I'll just tour the cities of the country in my own pace, without a defined cause.</p>