Chapter 2 Summary

On the way to the warehouse, Glass quizzes Leonard about the specifics of his life and background. Leonard reveals that he has never been married nor had the opportunity. Glass asks him whether he is gay or straight; when Leonard tells him he likes girls, Glass informs him, without asking for his input, that they will go out that evening and pick up some women. Leonard is surprised by Glass’s matter-of-fact manner and lack of people skills, but ascribes it to his being American.

As they approach the warehouse, Glass details the different levels of clearance and how they operate at all times. He explains that the warehouse was built for covert surveillance, but the workers who built the facility did not know that; they actually thought they were building a warehouse. Leonard has level 2 clearance, meaning he has some knowledge about the operation, but not as much as Glass, who is at level 3. When they arrive at the gate, the security guards ask their business. When Leonard begins to present the letter detailing his assignment, Glass brushes him aside. He explains to the guards that he will have to go inside to get permission to take Leonard in with him. When the guards are away, Glass chides Leonard for not understanding clearance. The security guards do not know anything about what goes on in the warehouse and therefore should not be privy to the information in Leonard’s letter.

When Glass heads inside, Leonard watches a couple of workers come out and throw a football around while they are on a break. After a long wait, Glass returns and takes Leonard inside to show him around. One of the primary projects in the hanger is the digging of a large tunnel. The purpose of the tunnel is to tap into Soviet landlines and monitor their correspondence. The lines are not far away, but a German graveyard stands between them and the warehouse. Wary of a potential international incident in the likely event that the Germans discover that the Americans disturbed the final resting places of hundreds of citizens, the Americans decide to tunnel around the graveyard. This complicates the tunneling project, particularly when workers steer into their own septic field and must stem a jet of American sewage.

Glass shows Leonard his working quarters and explains that he will begin testing hundreds of recording devices that will eventually be used in the wiretapping. Glass makes it clear that Leonard is never to take his work home nor speak of it to anyone. In fact, Leonard notes that no one in the warehouse talks to anyone else unless their work dictates it. At the end of the day, Glass drops Leonard off and is indignant that the quality of Leonard’s living quarters is far superior to his own. He reminds Leonard that he will return at 7:30 to take him out and show him around Berlin.