The Bourne Identity | Study Guide

Robert Ludlum

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The Bourne Identity | Book 3, Chapter 25 | Summary

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Jason Bourne is tortured by guilt and confusion as he waits for André François Villiers to leave the restaurant. He follows him down a dark road and forces his car to stop. André François Villiers is convinced Bourne is a communist terrorist. Jason accuses him of being Carlos's lackey. In response, General Villiers strikes Jason repeatedly. They fight, until Villiers finally whispers, tears in his eyes, "[Carlos] killed my only son on the Rue du Bac."

Villiers and Bourne sit in the general's car. If Carlos killed Villiers's son, and Villiers is a powerful anti-communist, then how is Villiers's house Carlos's phone drop? Villiers decides he trusts Jason Bourne, this man who didn't kill him when he had the chance. Like Marie St. Jacques, he senses something authentic about Jason, in spite of his strange story.

Driving back to Parc Monceau, Jason is distracted. His usual images of death coming from the skies, his usual accompanying sweat and pain flow through him. Why has this meeting triggered his flashbacks with such intensity? Outside the general's house, a young and beautiful woman—the general's wife Angélique Villiers—chats intently with the gray-haired switchboard operator (Philippe d'Anjou) from Les Classiques. When Jason Bourne tells him she is speaking to a minion of Carlos, André François Villiers is horrified.

Then there is an abrupt switch of setting: a beggar, the old man in a black beret, enters a church for a rendezvous with Carlos. The old man reports on Bourne's latest triumph: avoiding capture by the dummies at the hotel. Bourne refuses to check in with Washington as well. Carlos explains that everyone in New York is dead. Has Cain turned against the Americans? Carlos wants his kill, and he plans to do it on the anniversary of the original Jason Bourne's death on March 25, 1968, in the jungles of Tam Quan. Carlos instructs his man to tell the others to keep Bourne in their sight and to tell Parc Monceau what is happening.

Analysis

It is the final push of a long war. So many characters are dead, and more are on the block. Carlos operates with a weird tunnel-visioned obsession. He hates Bourne/Cain so much that he becomes less of a criminal mastermind and more of a supernatural villain. Everyone wondered how Cain was able to be in so many places at once, killing so many people. Now Carlos seems superhuman—with connections and threads running everywhere.

André François Villiers's wife Angélique Villiers is not going to be an easy character to follow. What will happen when a general who still hasn't recovered from losing a war finds out his wife is cuckolding him with the man who killed his son? It's not going to be pretty.

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