With the Japanese surrender and the end of the war, Perron puts into effect his plan for a quick demobilization. He also hears a strange tale from one of the nurses, "Sophie" Tucker about Lance Corporal Pinker, who served as a clerk to Dr. Samuels, the hospital psychiatrist. Pinker was a young man who was confused about his sexuality and only became aware of homosexuality while reading patient files. While in the bazaar one night, he met a young Indian boy and they spent some time together. The whole thing was set up however by then Major Ronald Merrick so he could blackmail Pinker into giving him access to a particular patient's file. Nigel Rowan has to leave suddenly but gives Guy the file on their old schoolmate, Hari Kumar. Guy and Sarah also get to spend some private time together.
Did You Know?
The Viceregal Summer Residence was supposedly unused since 1939. Indeed, when Guy and Sarah tour the house in 1945 there's a thick layer of dust and an extensive network of cobwebs to testify to the years of neglect. But there's an awful lot of potted plants and they are are all vigorous, green, and healthy. See more