Sections 12–13 Summary

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Last Updated on June 22, 2020, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 549

John Kwang invites Henry to go to dinner with him after having spent the day at the campaign headquarters. The two of them go to a Korean restaurant. While they eat and drink, both Kwang and Henry flirt with the waitresses. The more the men drink, the more closely Henry feels he is coming to know Kwang. From his training as a spy, he knows that this is the perfect opportunity to delve into Kwang’s private life and personal philosophy. The alcohol has pulled Kwang off guard. However, Henry does not take advantage of the situation. He cannot explain his reluctance, even to himself. Henry merely observes Kwang, and from his observations, he learns some intimate details about the man.

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Henry notices, for example, when Kwang’s assistant, Sherrie Chin-Watt, shows up at the restaurant and sits down at the table next to Kwang, that the politician touches Sherrie a little too intimately than he would if they were merely business associates. Henry sees Kwang press his hand against Sherrie’s back when he is talking to her. Kwang’s hand stays there longer than needed, and his fingers play with the waistband of her skirt, suggesting that their relationship may be on a very personal and intimate level.

Before Sherrie’s arrival, Henry and Kwang’s conversation included descriptions of their childhoods. Henry talked to Kwang about his relationship with his father. Kwang understands some of Henry’s father’s personality characteristics, which he claims were molded by the Korean culture. However, he also understands how Henry, having been raised in the States, might not appreciate certain traits his father exhibited. When Henry complains that his father was totally out of tune with the Civil Rights Movement, for example, Kwang explains that back in the sixties Henry’s father probably could see no benefits in his life from the movement. Korean people, though a minority, were not really the focus of the movement. The emphasis was on Black people. Kwang further states that it has only been since then that Asians and...

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