The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

by

John Le Carré

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Mr. Pitt Character Analysis

A man who works at the Labor Exchange and sets Leamas up with a series of jobs, finally sending him to work at the Bayswater Library for Psychic Research so that he will meet Liz Gold. Pitt is working for the Circus, and Leamas vaguely recognizes him, but when Leamas asks Control who Pitt is, Control says he does not know.

Mr. Pitt Quotes in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

The The Spy Who Came in From the Cold quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Pitt or refer to Mr. Pitt. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold published in 2013.
Chapter 6 Quotes

"How very distressing; and nobody to look after you, of course."
There was a very long silence.
"You know she's in the Party, don't you?" Control asked quietly.
"Yes," Leamas replied. Another silence. "I don't want her brought into this."
"Why should she be?" Control asked sharply and for a moment, just for a moment, Leamas thought he had penetrated the veneer of academic detachment. "Who suggested she should be?"
"No one," Leamas replied, "I'm just making the point. I know how these things go—all offensive operations. They have by-products, take sudden turns in unexpected directions. You think you've caught one fish and you find you've caught another. I want her kept clear of it."
"Oh, quite, quite."
"Who's that man in the Labour Exchange—Pitt? Wasn't he in the Circus during the war?"
"I know no one of that name. Pitt, did you say?"
“Yes.”
"No, not a name to me. In the Labour Exchange?"
"Oh, for God's sake," Leamas muttered audibly.

Related Characters: Alec Leamas (speaker), Control (speaker), Liz Gold, Mr. Pitt
Page Number: 48-49
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Mr. Pitt Character Timeline in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Pitt appears in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Liz
Identity and Autonomy Theme Icon
...Leamas a job at a Library for Psychic Research. Leamas thinks that he knows Mr. Pitt, the man at the Labour Exchange, from the Circus during the World War II. At... (full context)
Chapter 6: Contact
Ideology and Morality Theme Icon
Alienation and Connection  Theme Icon
Identity and Autonomy Theme Icon
Loyalty and Betrayal Theme Icon
...not to involve Liz in any way in the mission. Leamas then asks Control who Pitt from the Labour Exchange is. Control says he knows no man named Pitt, and says... (full context)
Chapter 25: The Wall
Alienation and Connection  Theme Icon
Identity and Autonomy Theme Icon
Loyalty and Betrayal Theme Icon
...another. Leamas says it didn’t matter. The Circus had a man in the Labor Exchange, Pitt, set him up to work at the library with her, because they knew she was... (full context)