"And now, Hans Steckrübe," said Count Baldur von Machfleine, "you will answer my questions truthfully and to the best of your ability, is that clear?" and Uncle Hans nodded glumly, he knew he was at their mercy and that they would not hesitate to dispose of him if he did not comply, and he could see that the second man, Dietrich Doopletag was itching to hurt him even more than he had already; "good," said Machfleine, "now, tell us what the two Americans - Major Prufrock and Major Martins - want you to do," so Steckrübe told them everything - how he had been in the van and listening to the sounds of copulation from the room below, and recording them on reels of magnetic tape, when the two Americans had burst in and overpowered him, "quite an easy task, I would have thought," said Machfleine, "you aren't a brave or imposing in any way, you're a nimmer, not a fighter, you have a winsome way about you which might make you attractive to children and I dare say you beleive that with a child your hearts beat as one, but in truth you are an ectogenous creature - do you know what that is?" and Hans shook his head mutely; "a parasite, but a parasite can be useful; do you know what a Double Agent is?" and again Hans shook his head, staring at them with fearful eyes; "well a Double Agent is someone who works for one master, as you do in the Gestapo - lowly worm though you may be - and also works for another master, as you do with the Americans; and I could quite easily betray you to Himmler and you would be flayed alive and then hanged from a butcher's hook, or with piano wire - I've seen it done and it isn't very pleasant to watch, worse, I dare say, for the victim; but I have a proposition to make to you, as really the only alternative left to you: you will become a Triple Agent, working for me, while the Americans believe you are their creature, and the Gestapo continue to pay your wages too," when Hans nodded, and behind his eyes his devious mind was attempting to work out how this might be something advantageous to him, when Macfleine said: "the Americans, were they to discouver that you are betraying them to me, would probably just shoot you, for they are less barbaric than Himmler, but if you were to betray me to either of your other masters - well, I assumeyou have heard of Vlad the Impaler? my preferred method is neither as quick as an American bullet, nor an SS hanging, but would give you plenty of time to regret that you had even thought of double-crossing me, let alone actually tried to; so, just say the word and Dietrich here will untie you and we can all three toast the success of new working arrangement - then you can make the hole in the floor and install your camera - I should very much to see what our esteemed friend gets up to with young Miss Mühlau!"