The Bourne Identity | Study Guide

Robert Ludlum

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The Bourne Identity | Book 3, Chapter 28 | Summary

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Jason Bourne waits on a street corner for Monique Brielle, the "number one girl" at Les Classiques. Intercepting her, he tells her to call Jacqueline Lavier and mentions Carlos. Jason alarms her further by telling her there is a traitor at the shop.

Marie St. Jacques and Jason Bourne are still worried André François Villiers will break too soon. Jason needs to contact one more Les Classiques employee, the bookkeeper Pierre Trignon. Intercepting him on his way home, Bourne claims to be a representative of the Bureau of Taxation and Records. Trignon insists his books are immaculate. Jacqueline Lavier orders all of his money transfers and payments. Bourne implies Trignon has missed payments for assassinations. Now he has everyone at the boutique terrified.

At a church the beggar, who is the old man in a black beret, has spruced himself up for this meeting. They discuss how Parc Monceau has been shut down as a hub of communication and means for contacting Carlos. The old man in a black beret reports that everyone at Les Classiques is hysterical, even Jacqueline Lavier. Also, they've found Jason Bourne's rented Renault in a parking garage. The old man in a black beret has already hired four men to monitor the garage 24/7. Then Carlos gives the old man his secret telephone number. He must be contacted as soon as Bourne is on the move.

André François Villiers reports to Jason Bourne that Villiers's wife, Angélique Villiers, is still locked in her room and that a woman matching Jacqueline Lavier's description came to see her. Men in a gray Citroën are watching General Villiers's house. Bourne instructs him to keep his wife at home until he arrives.

Analysis

Ludlum has an incredible ability to keep the plot twisting and his readers in a state of confusion and suspense. At this point it is still unclear what Jason Bourne plans to do and how the various threads and locales will come together. It is a fair guess that Madame Villiers and Madame Lavier will die. What of General Villiers himself? Perhaps his wife will kill him, once again switching the power back to Carlos. The elaborate, high-speed chess game never rests.

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