~ The Lives of Harry Lime: Ticket to Tangier, Part 7
A Clear Conscience
In this episode, it’s “every man for himself”. When the police raid the mansion, they’re wondering what they should do with the heroin. Should they abandon the heroin and run, or take it and risk being caught with it? They have to make a quick getaway, so Harry goes one way and Mrs Magetti another. Harry doesn’t look out for Mrs. Magetti. Shouldn’t he feel more responsible for her welfare? How can he have a clear conscience about this?
After all is said and done, we find that we have been sitting in Harry’s living room drinking tea and listening to Harry tell his story. He tells us what happened to Mrs Magetti and how he kept his wits about him to avoid the cops and profit from this situation. And he claims to have done it all with a clear conscience. So, how did he come out ahead financially without going against his morals?
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Harry couldn’t resist. Here was his opportunity to “grab a quick buck” — make some easy money. He went back for the heroin and made a lot of money on it. Although he tricked his buyers , his conscience doesn’t bother him. What do you think of Harry’s method of ‘disposing of’ the heroin? Harry is not a friend of the police, so why did he tip them off about who the murderer was? What do you think of Harry? Is he a good guy or a bad guy? Tell us all about it in a comments below.