I won’t put this exactly right, but as far as I can remember Grace put it something like this: British spy stories, from Le Carré to Another Country to The Prisoner, is mostly about how being gay and aristocratic turns England’s sons against her. Gay men have to be spies, because they’re tapped early on by a quiet homosexuality-detecting government department and pressed into service, where they begin to blackmail one another out of fear of being blackmailed themselves, and thus Smiley’s Circus is mostly a collection of genteelly-closeted gentlemen all fanatically suspicious of one another’s closetedness. And it is true that Le Carré has more ways of gently raising the possibility of
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