HONORS PS1500 - Physics in the Plays of Tom Stoppard
Hapgood, Act 1, Scenes 1 - 3 C Questions for Discussion
On p 500, Kerner says that "a double agent is more like a trick in the light." On p 501, Kerner goes on to describe the electron double-slit experiment. What is Kerner's answer to Blair's question about whether Kerner is a British joe (a secret agent working for the British) or a Russian sleeper (a double agent working for the KGB)? What does Kerner mean when he says "You get what you interrogate for" on p 501?
On p 503 - 504, what is Blair's explanation for the action in the first scene?
Hapgood is filled with characters who have a dual personality:
Russian 1 and Russian 2 (twins)
Kerner (a British joe or a Russian sleeper?)
Blair (his personal and technical sides shown to Hapgood)
On p 510, what do Hapgood and Blair realize about Ridley?
From Hapgood's language ("oh, sugar!" on pp 509 and 514) and
her devotion to her son, how would you describe her character?
1. Act 1, Scene 1, pp. 489 - 499 (Nine parts: Radio, Hapgood, Wates, Russian 1, Russian 2, Merryweather, Ridley, Kerner, and Blair)
Starts with Radio: OK, we have a blue Peugeot . . . stopping.
Ends with Blair: I want Kerner in Regent's Park, twelve o'clock sharp.
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