over the rules of engagement. If one reached what they called the heart of the matter?". You know it doesn't keep me warm. Soon after Yusef's servant delivers a "gift" to Scobie, which he refuses; however, Scobie's servant, Ali, witnesses this and a romantic embrace between Scobie and Helen. One young girl dies as Scobie tries to comfort her by pretending to be her father, who was killed in the wreck. So I'm thinking about forgiveness, forgiveness. You better put it all behind you baby, 'cause' life goes. He further says in the preface, "I had meant the story of Scobie to enlarge a theme which I had touched on in The Ministry of Fear, the disastrous effect on human beings of pity as distinct from compassion. In 1994 Henley, along with the. Scobie suspects the involvement of the local agent of a Syrian man named Yusef, a local black marketeer.
Evelyn Waugh also mentioned that he admired the book. Time magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to the present. After Louise unexpectedly returns, Scobie struggles to keep her ignorant of his love affair. But I think it's about forgiveness, forgiveness. Ali Scobie's long-time African servant. For other uses, see, the Heart of the Matter (disambiguation). But everything changes and my friends seem to scatter.