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James Bond and Vesper Lynd go to the casino's intimate nightclub. He mentions sitting with her is "a lovely end to the day—the prize-giving." She replies tersely, and her body language is both nervous and tense. Bond, thinking she's trying to "protect herself from him," makes polite conversation about the job while he drinks champagne. She speaks little. At 4:00 a.m., the maître d'hotel—club manager—arrives at the table with a note for Vesper. She reads it and says it's from Mathis. He has a message for Bond, but he isn't properly dressed to come into the nightclub. She leaves to talk to him, and Bond calls for the bill.
The more he thinks about it, the odder he finds it Mathis had a note delivered instead of coming into the club—no matter what he was wearing—or asking both Bond and Vesper to join him at the bar in the casino. Bond pays the bill and hurries into the entrance hall. Neither Vesper nor Mathis is there. He runs outside and hears Vesper cry out just as a car door slams. Vesper's purse flies out the window of a Citroën that speeds away from the curb. Bond rummages through the purse and finds Mathis's note.
The title of Chapter 14—"La Vie en Rose?"—comes from a French song written and sung by Edith Piaf. A famous and tragic singer with a powerhouse voice, Piaf sings of a deep love that takes away her troubles and makes her see the world through rose-colored glasses. It is a song of utter devotion of one person to another; as Bond and Vesper listen to the music, it sets the scene for a spectacularly romantic night. The punctuation of the chapter title, however, turns this declaration of love into a question which contrasts the idyllic mood. Does Vesper love Bond? It appears not. He wasn't expecting her silence, nor her utter disinterest in taking their relationship a step further. He views her as his "prize" for a job well done and gets surly when she all but ignores him.
Vesper's kidnapping is the start of the second act of the whole story. Bond has, by this point, developed some sort of affection for her, though it's unclear whether it is romantic or purely sexual in nature. Le Chiffre has tried to kill Bond twice with no success, but he's finally found Bond's pressure point: beautiful women. He's betting Bond's impulse to protect Vesper will overrule his instinct for self-preservation, and he's right. Bond has finished the job he was assigned, but his moral compass will not allow him to go home until he saves Vesper.