Hornet Flight 3 (Pages 48 – 179)

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SPOILERS!!!

Now that I have read more, we can see that the plot alternates between England and Denmark.

In England Hermia tries to help Digby to uncover the place where the radar must be. Hermia thinks it must be in Denmark, and Digby agrees with her. The girl is clever, and she guesses that the signal can be heard with a radio, and Digby agrees. So she tells her that she will hire a ship captain to approach the Danish coast and use the radio to capture the sign. Yet, what she doesn’t tell him is that she will do the thing herself. So she convinces a Danish captain to take her on his fishing boat, and even though the man is reluctant, he agrees. At first Hermia is unable to hear anything, but she eventually does, and she manages to find the place where the sign comes from, which is the town where her boyfriend Arne is from. I wonder what will happen next now that the British have this information.

In her personal life, she and Digby have dinner together even though it was not a date, but a meeting to discuss the radar matter. Yet, when he walks her home, he kisses her and she kisses her back passionately. Later she admits to herself that she liked the kiss, and wonder what it means for her when she knows she loves Arne.

Apart from this, that same night as Digby walks her home, the alarm goes off, announcing a raid, but instead of finding a shelter, Hermia decides to go on and reach her mother’s house, where she is staying that night. To her shock, she discovers the house gone. Her mother, who is a widow, moved to live with a friend of hers, and Hermia discovers that the friend Bets has been killed, and what the young woman also discovers that there was more than friendship between her mother and Bets.

In Denmark we learn more about Harald. He studies in a prestigious school because, even though his father doesn’t have the means as a pastor, his grandfather left him and his brother money for their studies. In the school he is friends with Tik, a wealthy Jewe, and Mads. The three of them are inseparable. When someone from the government comes to deliver a conference, the students ask questions about the Nazis and how the government has dealt with the occupation. The man tries to parry some difficult questions, and then Harald asks about the Jewish population, and what will happen if the Nazis decide to do the same in Denmark. The man gives him vague answers, and Harald gets angry, but the headmaster stops him from making more comments.

Then Harald is invited to spend a weekend at Tik’s. His family lives in a castle, and Harald is impressed by Tik’s sister, Karen, who he thinks is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Yet, he is disappointed when the following day he sees Poul Kirke, his brother’s best friend in the courtyard, and Karen comes out and greets him with a kiss on his lips. Before Karen showing up, Harald and Poul talk, and he mentions the Nazi’s military base on the island.

When the following week Harald and his class go to visit the army airfield and they even have the opportunity to fly with the pilots, Poul and Arne included. When the air practice is done, Poul takes Harald to an office. He asks him what he saw in the Nazi base, and Harald mentions the contraption he saw, which he thinks is some kind of transmitter. Poul asks him to draw the thing, and Harald sketches the base and the transmitter. When he is done, he asks Poul if he is part of the Danish resistance, and Poul nods and adds that now Harald is too.

Another character, who is a villain here, is Peter Flemming. His father is the owner of the hotel on the island where Harald and his family live, and there has always been some rivalry between the two families. Peter is a policeman in Copenhagen, but he is quite ruthless. On the one hand, you feel sorry for him because his wife has become nothing more than a body without a soul since they had an accident. A drunk driver crashed against their car, and as a consequence, Inge’s brain was damaged. Now Peter looks after her as best as he can. That shows his more sensitive side. Yet, I think this makes him a more furious person.

Peter is eager to show that he is a better policeman than his more lenient boss, Jules. That means to help the Nazi and seek their favour. One example is when he arranges for a raid to the airport, trying to find who are the people who smuggle an illegal magazine in the country. He gathers a group of his colleagues, and even though at first it seems that his information is incorrect as the luggage, passengers, and crew are searched  and nothing is found. Then he has a sudden inspiration and asks his men to look into the chocks that keep the plane stationary. He hits dirt when in one of the chocks he finds the magazine and some other documents. As a consequence, two mechanics are arrested.

Another thing that makes him hateful is when he tells one of his colleagues, Tilde, that he is making a list with the Jews in the city. Tilde doesn’t approve of what he is doing, but Peter is blind in his eagerness to gain favour. When he is called to a meeting with his boss and a general, they show him the documents found with the magazine. The documents were in code, but they have been decoded, and in these papers they mention “Nightswatchmen”, which we know is the Danish resistance. Then Peter does something horrible. He mentions the Jews as the people behind this group of resistance, which naturally gains him a reproof from his boss later. However, General Braun gives him green light to do what he feels is right. So he takes his men and Tilde and go to the synagogue, and later to the Jewish Community Centre. He questions the man there and reads his diary, and he keeps asking him about the names he finds there. One of these names is Poul Kirke, and when Peter asks the man about Poul, he notices that there is a slight tremor in his voice. So he is sure there is something there. So I imagine that now Poul might be watched and be at risk.

I have the hunch that Tilde, the woman who is friends with Peter, might not be what she purports to be. I think she could also be part of the resistance. When Peter talked about the Jews, she was clearly disapproving, but then she claimed that she was committed to her job and would do what she was asked to do. I have the feeling that she wants Peter to trust her completely, and she might appear in agreement with his ideas and actions, but deep down she is opposing him, helping the resistance. Maybe I am wrong, but that’s my guess.

 

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