Licht is talking to Roger on the hotel phone.
“– Mister Kaplan,” says Licht.
“Who is this?” asks Roger.
” We met only last night and still you do not recognize my voice? I should feel offended,” says Licht.
“Yes, I know who you are,” says Roger. “And I’m not Mister Kaplan.”
“Of course not,” says Licht. “You answer his telephone, you live in his hotel room, and yet you are not Mister Kaplan. Nevertheless, we are pleased to find you in.” The phone goes dead.
“Now, wait – – “says Roger, jiggling the receiver. “Hello, Operator? Operator?”
“Yes?” says the operator.
“Operator, this is Mister Thorn – Mister Kaplan in Room 796. That call that just came through – – where did it come from? Was it an outside call, or did it come from the lobby?”
“Just a minute, sir – – I’ll see,” says the operator.
“Well, hurry, please,” says Roger.
“Who was it?” asks Roger’s mother. Roger ignores her.
“Only one of the men who tried to kill me last night,” replies Roger. His mother rolls her eyes.
“Oh, we’re back to that one, are we?” asks his mother.
“Hello – operator!” repeats Roger, clicking the phone hook.
“Mister Kaplan,” replies the operator.
“Yes?” replies Roger.
“That call was made from the lobby,” replies the operator.
“It was?” says Roger, who then hangs up the phone.
“This call was from the lobby, which means they’re probably on their way up here right now. Let’s get out of here!” says Roger, grabbing his mother by the wrist.
“I think I’d like to meet these killers!” replies Roger’s mother.
Roger snatches the photo of “Townsend” from the desk and the two leave the hotel room.