Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInnes

By Helen MacInnes

He stared on the surprising watch on his wrist. 3 hours in the past he had stood on English soil. 3 hours in the past he were Martin Hearne, British Intelligence agent. Now he was once in Nazi-occupied Brittany, posing as Bertrand Corlay, with the Frenchman's existence diminished to headings in his memory.

Hearne regarded down on the pale uniform which had as soon as been Corlay's, felt once again for the papers within the inside of pocket. He was once prepared. any further he was once one step clear of death...

The Queen of secret agent Writers returns in a gorgeous sequence amassing all of her maximum works! Titan kicks off with task in Brittany; the gripping story of an undercover operative deep in Nazi-occupied France.

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For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed. 6a b 1 T h e poet's moral preferences are made clear by the fact that he grants the short middle strophe to the righteous, and honors h i m by speaking figuratively. T h e long strophes flanking the center, h o w ­ ever, show a remarkable reciprocity: the first strophe "defines" the righteous by contrasting h i m with the wicked, and the opposite happens in the third strophe. This is a balance of mutual exclusion. W i t h this symmetry the composition as a whole reveals that the g o o d / b a d antithesis has a basis: one solid set of values that is firmly oriented toward the "law" (torah, strictly speaking "teaching") of God.

T h e i r themes are c o m p l e m e n t a r y : Psalm 111 praises G o d s uprightness, and Psalm 112 mirrors this by placing t h e u p r i g h t m a n alongside it. B o t h p o e m s e n d w i t h a double t r i colon as t h e final strophe, and they are so perfectly t w i n n e d that they have exactly t h e same length: b o t h have 168 syllables in t w e n t y - t w o cola. T h e poems in Lamentations have b e e n constructed in such a way that the letter from the alphabet at the top (Greek aero-) of the strophe always opens an L-strophe in chs.

This highly remarkable finding can b e explained only by assuming that the poets themselves c o u n t e d syllables. As w e have seen, a simple example is Psalm 1, w i t h 144 syllables in sixteen cola; the average (number of syllables per colon) here is the integer 9, instead of the fraction that w o u l d b e likely to occur had the poets failed to count their syllables and left their n u m b e r s to chance. 63, the fraction that 10 48 Reading Biblical Poetry applies to Psalms 111 and 112. T h e 9 that w e have just discovered to b e the n o r m in Psalm 1 is at the same time a signal for the c o m ­ plete Psalter.

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