by Captain W. E. Johns



XX.                 ADIOS – AND AU REVOIR  (Pages 254 – 256)


“There is little more to tell”.  Biggles was permitted to put through a telephone call to the British Embassy in Paris as a result of which railway tickets were provided for them to go there.  Biggles says he has a document of the greatest importance to deliver to the Foreign Officer in London. They fly to Croydon and are taken direct to Whitehall.  “The others sat in a waiting-room while Biggles, as spokesman of the party, was conducted elsewhere”.  He returns in an hour and says “that’s that”.  They have told him nothing, just “thanks very much”.  Ginger asks what was in the letter and Biggles say he hasn’t the remotest idea.  The Government have agreed to pay their out of pocket expenses.  Biggles says “it’s just because any Britisher would do what we’ve done that the old Empire goes on.  I’ve done what I set out to do”.  “What’s that?” asks Algy.  “I’ve got rid of my fever”.  They all get in a passing taxi and go to the Café Royal.