~ The Lives of Harry Lime: Ticket to Tangier, Part 5
It’s Against My Morals:
In this episode, Harry finds out why Patsy brought him to Tangier. She has something to show him and a job for him to do. But what Patsy expects of him goes against his morals — she wants him to help her sell the drugs she smuggles in to Europe from Tangier, Morocco. Although Harry isn’t the most honest of businessman, he is not and will not be involved in drug trafficking.
Even if it is true that he hasn’t sold drugs before, Patsy — now known as Mrs Magetti — is sure he could do it. After all, Harry knows how to break the law and get away with it, so what’s so different about drugs?
Mrs Magetti explains how she got into this predicament. (Surely, Harry would help a woman in distress!) Her husband, Rico Magetti, had recently gotten into drug trafficking, but she knew nothing of his business. She was left with the drugs when he died.
Poor Rico! How did he die?
When Harry finds out that it was Mrs Magetti who had killed Rico, he draws the line. He gives a firm answer, ‘No!’ Even though he could make a lot of money on this deal, Harry definitely does not want to be an ‘accessory after the fact‘ to murder.
Let’s Try a New Tactic:
Mrs Magetti won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. She tries a new tactic and taunts Harry saying he’s not living up to his name! Then, when Harry asks about the value of the heroin, she’s ready to reel in her fish.
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Harry and Mrs Magetti are both very strong-willed. Harry has his morals. Although not completely honest, it’s his morals (when compared to the morals of those around him) that make him so likable. So Harry has his morals, but Mrs Magetti has the opportunity to make a lot of money. Who do you think will win out in the end? Will Harry hold true to his morals, or will the almighty dollar be too hard to resist? What do you think? Which would make the better story? Please, leave your comment below.