Lies of Silence Summary

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The Story
Michael Dillon is the Manager of a Hotel in Belfast. He isn’t really content with his life, he doesn’t really like his job and there are also some problems with his wife Moira. Therefore he has an affair with a younger woman called Andrea who works for the BBC. They often meet secretly. One day she tells him that she has plans to go to London because of a new job, and Michael decides to go with her. When he drives home from their meeting she thinks about his wife and that he has to tell her. When he arrives at home, Moira is sitting in the living room, watching TV with Peg Wilton, a friend of hers. Michael drives her home and so she tells him that she will open up a little shop and that Moira should also work there. In the evening, when Michael and his wife are lying in their bed the have a little quarrel. Moira thinks that her husband doesn’t like her, she says that he only likes her because of her looks. She thinks that maybe Michael would like to leave her and her last sentence before falling asleep is “Please don’t leave me!”. 39556eol59oli5q Therefore Michael isn’t able to sleep. When he looks out of the window, he notices a white Ford standing in front of their house. Two people are sitting in the car, but Michael doesn’t care about it. Suddenly he sees some men walking into the garden. He runs downstairs and tries to reach the telephone, but it’s too late, and the men enter the house. They are from the IRA. Michael has to wake up his wife and they order them to go downstairs. They have to be quiet and Michael has to give his car keys to the masked and armed IRA- activists. While sitting in the living room and waiting, Michael and Moira watch the men. They seem to be very young. There are three of them, one who possibly is the boss, and two other guards, a fat young boy and one who they call Kev. ol556e9359olli Moira wants to go to the toilet, and as they allow her to do so, she tries to flee out of the bathroom window. But she isn’t successful, and one of the men can catch her. Moira is more courageous than her husband and begins a quarrel with the IRA- guys. But they don’t care about her. ”This isn’t over. This operation is just beginning,” says one of the men. Dillon thinks about what could happen. He heard that often the IRA uses stolen cars to put bombs in, and leave them somewhere. Maybe they would order him to drive the car with a bomb into his hotel car park. Bombing hotels and frightening the tourists are tactics, very often used by the IRA. In the morning they tell him what to do: Michael Dillon is ordered to park his car with a bomb inside in the carpark of his hotel. But he is faced with a moral choice, which leaves him absolutely nowhere to turn. He knows that the bomb would kill and maim dozens of people, but he also knows that if he doesn’t, his wife will be killed. Several times he asks if there will be a warning by the IRA, such as they often did when they bombed buildings. But the IRA- soldiers, who are now 5 men, answer ”That’s not your business”. On the way to the hotel, he passes some buildings and memorials and for the first time he realises the meaning of some of them. His grandfather’s house, his primary school, the University… always followed by the white Ford. The next thing he has to do is to park his car at the usually place. But that’s just under the window of the room in which Alun Pottinger, a popular Protestant, is giving a speech. After leaving the hotel he has to cross the street and to buy something a Murry’s Shop, while a green Taxi would arrive. He knows that they are watching him, but in the Shop he asks for a phone and calls the police. In the next ten minutes lots of police cars, army cars and soldiers arrive and they evacuate the whole building. Suddenly the bomb explodes.

Michael drives home with a borrowed car. There are two police cars in front of his house. Coming home he notices that his wife is alright. A policeman explains that his phone...
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