* Paul Christopher boards a plane in Bangkok, Thailand.
* Christopher is thinking of both his ex-wife and girlfriend's interest in his poetry.
* Christopher also mulls over the probable imminent murder of Luong, a South Vietnamese agent Paul just paid off.
* In Paris, Paul types a report to Tom Webster who reads the report before dinner guests arrive.
* Dennis Foley, one of the dinner guests dislikes Paul's political neutrality and believes JFK will live up to his commitments.
* Peggy McKinney, the ambassador's wife, agrees with Foley.
* A courier delivers news of a coup d'etat in Saigon, followed by a phone call confirming the Ngos' deaths.
* Peggy declares that 1 November 1963, will show the world that the U.S. is taking the initiative again.
* Paul will not talk about his poetry or his real life.
* Piero Cremona, a communist journalist, comes to talk about South Vietnam.
* Some facts about Molly...
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