The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Peter Guillam Character Analysis

An agent in the Circus who worked on Mundt’s case with George Smiley in 1959, before the action of the novel, Peter Guillam works in a department called Satellite Four. Leamas says that he believes this department works on economic issues in East Germany, but Fiedler believes that it’s responsible for coordinating Mundt’s activity spying for the British.

Peter Guillam 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 Peter Guillam or refer to Peter Guillam. 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 14 Quotes

"I've thought about it night and day. Ever since Viereck was shot, I've asked for a reason. At first it seemed fantastic. I told myself I was jealous, that the work was going to my head, that I was seeing treachery behind every tree; we get like that, people in our world. But I couldn't help myself, Leamas, I had to work it out. There’d been other things before. He was afraid—he was afraid that we would catch one who would talk too much!"
"What are you saying? You're out of your mind," said Leamas, and his voice held a trace of fear.
“It all held together, you see. Mundt escaped so easily from England; you told me yourself he did. And what did Guillam say to you? He said they didn't want to catch him! Why not? I'll tell you why—he was their man; they turned him, they caught him, don't you see, and that was the price of his freedom—that and the money he was paid.”

Related Characters: Alec Leamas (speaker), Fiedler (speaker), Hans-Dieter Mundt, Peter Guillam
Page Number: 139
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Peter Guillam Character Timeline in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

The timeline below shows where the character Peter Guillam appears in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Circus
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...then tells Leamas to speak to George Smiley, whom Mundt once tried to kill, and Guillam: both men worked on Mundt’s case in London. Control invites Leamas to come to his... (full context)
Chapter 12: East
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...will be his interrogator. He says to Peters that Fiedler almost killed one of Peter Guillam’s agents. Fiedler is supposed to be intelligent and savage, without professional ambition but merciless and... (full context)
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...files to him and, finally, in a rush, Leamas says that he remembers that Peter Guillam was the one who brought them to him. He says Guillam was in a section... (full context)
Chapter 14: Letter to a Client
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...He asks Leamas if he knew that Mundt was in England. Leamas says that Peter Guillam told him that Mundt had killed a man while he was there. Fiedler remarks that... (full context)
Chapter 20: Tribunal
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Fiedler then calls Leamas to the witness stand. Leamas testifies that he heard from Peter Guillam that there was no full search for Mundt when he was in London, but that... (full context)