‘Look here, Tuppence—I know I’ve been rather preoccupied—It’s all this I.U.A.S.—It’s only once a year, thank goodness.’
‘It starts on Monday, doesn’t it? For five days—’
‘And you all go down to a Hush Hush, top secret house in the country somewhere, and make speeches and read Papers and vet young men for Super Secret assignments in Europe and beyond. I’ve forgotten what I.U.A.S. stands for. All these initials they have nowadays—’
‘International Union of Associated Security.’
‘What a mouthful! Quite ridiculous. And I expect the whole place is bugged, and everybody knows everybody else’s most secret conversations.’
‘Highly likely,’ said Tommy with a grin.
‘And I suppose you enjoy it?’
‘Well, I do in a way. One sees a lot of old friends.’
‘All quite ga-ga by now, I expect. Does any of it do any good?’
Gotta love Tuppence for seeing through this at once.