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message 1: by William (new)

William I read a great Cold War spy story back in the late 1980s, but I can't remember the name. I remember this line:

"From the red gold, keep thy finger" - something about Russian gold that was tainted or radioactive or something about "Red Mercury" too.

Lucy Ashton's Song
Sir Walter Scott
from The Bride of Lammermoor

Look not thou on beauty's charming,
Sit thou still when kings are arming,
Taste not when the wine-cup glistens,
Speak not when the people listens,
Stop thine ear against the singer,
From the red gold keep thy finger;
Vacant heart and hand and eye,
Easy live and quiet die.


message 2: by Skye (new)

Skye | 2105 comments What a very lovely quote from "The Bride of Lammermoor.' Thanks so much for sharing, William.


message 3: by William (new)

William Skye wrote: "What a very lovely quote from "The Bride of Lammermoor.' Thanks so much for sharing, William."

Yes, it's lovely. And the first place I read that line is driving me nuts. I have searched for years for the cold war spy story that mentioned it, perhaps in the preface.


message 4: by Skye (new)

Skye | 2105 comments Could it be from a Helen MacInnes novel?


message 5: by William (new)

William Skye wrote: "Could it be from a Helen MacInnes novel?"

I'm not sure. I'm pretty sure the author was a guy, and this might have been part of a trilogy.

The main Russian guy was a mole, or partly a mole (?) and he was called "The General".


message 6: by Skye (new)

Skye | 2105 comments I also searched for you, but only came up with the Sir Walter Scott.


message 7: by William (new)

William Anyone know this book?


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