The yellow cab pulled up to the stairway in front of the United Nations plaza. Roger climbs the stairs and walks across the plaza to the General Assembly building.
In the five story lobby, Roger approaches the reception desk.
“May I help you, sir?” asks the receptionist.
“Yes, please,” says Roger. “Where will I find Mister Lester Townsend?”
“Mister Lester Townsend of UNIPO?” asks the receptionist.
“Yes,” replies Roger.
“And – – did you have an appointment, sir?” asks the receptionist.
“Well, yes,” says Roger. “He expects me.”
“Your name, please,” says the receptionist.
“My name?” asks Roger.
“Yes, please,” says the receptionist.
“Kaplan. George Kaplan,” says Thornhill.
“One moment, please,” says the receptionist. She picks up a phone and dials a number.
Outside, a red taxi pulls up to the UN stairway with Licht and Valerian. Valerian gets out of the car and shuts the door.
“Wait for me at the corner of 47th,” says Valerian to Licht. Valerian heads into the General Assembly building while Licht stays in the cab.
Inside the UN lobby, the receptionist hangs up the phone and turns to Thornhill.
“If you’ll give this to one of the attendants in the public lounge,” says the receptionist, handing Thornhill a piece of paper.