"I might as well tell you now," said Major J Alfred Prufrock, addressing both Vlado and Olga, "one of Hya Loid's jokes – the one about the guy suffering from vexillology, the flag one, was a coded message to Holly and me: the State Department has signed off on the Stink Bomb, which means you have their approval for the mission, it's all systems Go!" but all he received from Vlado was a scowl, as if to say, it's my mission, my operation, who cares about your State Department, and Prufrock rather agreed, but there was more: "and when Ginger sang the Hut Sut song, that was to let us know that immediately after the bomb goes off, we're into Operation Lessepsian which is going to get the four of us, plus Palestrina, Gertie, Prince Hubertus and Elizabeth out of the country using a network of canals. . . . ." but Vlado growled: "no canals, no fucking way, I don't do boats!" at which Holly entreated him to listen: "the Jews call them canals, and it's their Operation, but it's a network of safe-houses and couriers to smuggle people out of Germany, the small ones feed into a main route called Suez and the whole thing is named after the guy who built the Suez Canal, but definitely No Boats!" at which Vlado apologised and admitted that he couldn't swim and had a violent fear of drowning; so Prufrock said: "we'll be whisked away even before the smoke clears, in a van, that's all we know – they have very tight security, everyone knows only the bare minimum so even if someone's caught and tortured they can give away nothing of value, everyone else will have disappeared and shut down that section of the network; so it's all pos – pos for the Bomb and pos for the escape," and Olga asked, "why do you pause it as soon as you say go ahead?" and Holly laughed: "he's so Ivy League, Olga, Harvard men have their own pronunciation of words and their own language, he said pos, which is short for positive, so one last drink and we should all try to get some shut-eye before the kite goes up."