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In John Le Carre's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, how does the protagonist's relationship with Liz help him 'come in from the cold?'

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Alec Leamas, the protagonist of John Le Carre's seminal Cold War espionage novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, is a burned-out field operative for the British foreign intelligence service, popularly known as MI6. As the novel begins, Leamas is waiting patiently at a checkpoint in divided-Berlin for an agent, an East German he has meticulously recruited to spy for the West. As Leamas waits, the reader is informed that this agent's life is in grave danger, and that other East Germans that spied for the West have already been captured, with the insinuation of torture and death that would inevitably follow, and that there is, in Leamas' line of work, a very thin line between life and death. 

After the agent for whom Leamas was waiting at the checkpoint in Berlin is killed attempting his escape, the emotionally-exhausted British operative returns to London and to the headquarters of the agency for which he works. It is during...

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