The tall lieutenant colonel who seems to be in charge thanks Marian for volunteering for this task. They are in a place called Orchard Court, in which there is one bedroom with a bathroom and several sterile offices. The officer calls himself Buckmaster, which Marian thinks must certainly be a false name, and Buckmaster tells her he has written to her father. Since Marian is so young, he wanted to reassure her father that they will look after his daughter as best they can, though he is certain her father must understand the dangers of these kinds of missions.
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