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Mendel (Character)
from "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (1979)

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"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Flushing Out the Mole (#1.7)" (1979)
[Guillam has come face to face with Gerald the mole]
Peter Guillam: You butchered my agents... How many since? How many? Two hundred?... Three?... FOUR?
[he launches himself at Gerald]
Mendel: [pulling Guillam off] Stop that!

George Smiley: There was no one out there, that you noticed?
Mendel: Quiet as the grave.


"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: How It All Fits Together (#1.4)" (1979)
[last lines]
Mendel: [about Jim Prideaux] We've traced him. He's become a teacher, Thursgood's Catholic School for Boys. It's in West Country.
Sir Oliver Lacon: Right!

Mendel: [about Guillam] He does sound jumpy. He might have overdone it a bit there. He was very loud. I've seen it all before, tough ones who crack at 40. They lock it away, pretend it isn't happening, all of a sudden you find 'em sat in front of their desks, the tears pouring on the blotter.
[Smiley looks at him critically]
Mendel: I think I should say what's on my mind.
George Smiley: I think Peter will manage. You heard something about his murderous assignment in French North Africa, I suppose?
Mendel: Something. Whispers.
George Smiley: Peter was over-matched, and lost. His agents were hanged. No one recovers entirely from that sort of thing. That is, I wouldn't trust a man who did.


"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Smiley Sets a Trap (#1.6)" (1979)
Peter Guillam: [at a window] Same as you, George: just a feeling that someone's watching my back.
Mendel: I followed both of you to the front door. If either of you had company, it's cleverer than me.