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Gabriel Allon: “She’ll simply tell me something…” (The English Spy, by Daniel Silva) #TWHST

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by Cynthia T. Luna in Blog, Books I Read

This week’s “That’s What He Said Thursday” meme comes from Daniel Silva’s “The English Spy”, which I finished reading sometime last weekend. Rather than lay out a bunch of good excuses reasons as to why I didn’t get around to posting last week’s #TWHST, it’s probably best I just launch into the quote by the novel’s protagonist, Gabriel Allon.#TWHST: "Because she doesn't know anything and she'll simplz tell me something she thinks I want to hear" The English Spy, by Daniel Silva | |Cynthia T. Luna

A couple weeks ago, when I started reading this book, it wasn’t entirely clear to me who was who. Who was the spy? Who was the assassin?

As it turns out, I started reading Silva’s best-selling spy series 15 books in, so that might be why it wasn’t obvious to me that Gabriel Allon was the title spy and not Colin Hernandez, the character cited in the last meme post.

What’s to love about Gabriel Allon?

When I first read this quote as early as 32 pages into the paperback, it stood out to me as something special. Not having read any of the other books in Silva’s series, I couldn’t have known that my literary spider sense was tingling for a reason during this hugely mundane moment.

Allon speaks says this to his pregnant sweetheart at the airport. Their flight is delayed, and she has suggested to Gabriel that he speak to the attendant at the gate. I love this quote for a few reasons:

  1. It shows intimacy between the protagonist and his sweetheart. This is how I would expect my own sweetheart to refuse to ask for assistance/information.
  2. It’s wordy. This being a spy novel, most of the characters speak in short, enigmatic phrases. More is unsaid than said. Questions are never directly answered, but usually responded to with other questions. So, this direct response to her question, “Why not?”, is somewhat refreshing–even so few pages into the 482-page novel.
  3. It shows trust. See numbers 2 and 1 above.
  4. It comes up again towards the end of the novel in an entirely different context, thus taking the story’s theme full-circle.

So, no, the quote isn’t wildly romantic, but I love it because it shows the level of comfort and familiarity this man is capable of–unlike his villainous counterpart, Colin Hernandez.

What’s your “That’s What He Said” Thursday quote?

#TWHST: The English Spy Don't Worry My LoveThere’s a meme going around on Thursdays, called “That’s What He Said Thursdays” or #TWHST. I found out about it a couple months ago and participated nearly right away. (Check out my other entries.) What I love about it, is that it makes reading, and sharing what you’re reading, social!


The rules of participation are simple: Pick “a favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book.” Chapter Break — the masterminds behind this fabulous idea — has a whole list of quotes that date back to 2013! Bloggers Commenting Back

You can add add your favorite line in the comments below this post–or add a link to your own blog post in the comment below.

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