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原文:
It was this long and cruel war which in its main battles Smiley now relived as he embarked upon his reading. The files contained only the thinnest record of it; his memory contained far more. Its protagonists were Alleline and Control, as its origins misty. Bill Haydon, a keen if saddened follower of those evemts, maintained that the two men learned to hate each other at Cambridge during Control’s brief spell as a don and Alleline’s as an undergraduate. According to Bill, Alleline was Contro;’s pupil and a bad one, and Control taunted him, which he certainly might have.
‘The story was grotesque enough for Control to play it up: Percy and I are blood brothers I hear. We romped together in punts, imagine!’ He never said whether it was true.
To half-lesgends of that sort Smiley could add a few hard facts from his knowlwdge of the two men’s ealy lives. While Control was no man’s child, Percy Alleline was a lowland Scot and a son of the Manse, his father was a a Presbyterian hammer and if Percy did not have his faith, he had surely inherited the faculty of bullish persuasion. He missed the way by a year or two and joined the Circus from a City company. At Cambridge he had been a bit of a politician (somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan, said Haydon who was himself, Lord knows, no milk-and-water Liberal) and a bit of an athlete. He was recruited by a figure of no account called Maston who for a short time contrived to build himself a corner in couner intelligence. Maston saw a a great future in Alleline and, having peddled his name furiously, fell from grace. Finding Alleline an embarrassment, Circus personnel packed him off to South America where he did two full tours under consular cover without returning to England.

解説:
It was this long and cruel war which in its main battles Smiley now relived(を再び体験する) as he (を開始する) his reading. The files contained only the thinnest record of it; his memory contained far more. Its protagonists(主役) were Alleline and Control, as its origins misty(ぼんやりとした). Bill Haydon, a keen if saddened(悲しむ) follower of those evemts, maintained(と主張する) that the two men learned to hate each other at Cambridge during Control’s brief spell(一時期) as a don and Alleline’s as an undergraduate. According to Bill, Alleline was Contro;’s pupil and a bad one, and Control taunted(あざける) him, which he certainly might have.
‘The story was grotesque enough for Control to (重視する): Percy and I are blood brothers I hear. We romped(遊び騒ぐ) together in punts(平底小舟), imagine!’ He never said whether it was true.
To half-lesgends of that sort Smiley could add a few hard facts from his knowlwdge of the two men’s ealy lives. While Control was no man’s child, Percy Alleline was a lowland(低地) Scot(スコットランド人) and a son of the Manse(牧師館), his father was a a Presbyterian (長老派教会の)hammer and if Percy did not have his faith, he had surely inherited the faculty(才能) of bullish(雄牛のような) persuaion(説得力). He missed the way by a year or two and joined the Circus from a City company. At Cambridge he had been a bit of a politician (somewhat (超強硬派の、超国家主義的な◆大征服者のジンギス・カンより右よりの、右派の、国家主義的な), said Haydon who was himself, Lord knows, no milk-and-water(薄めた牛乳) Liberal) and a bit of an athlete. He was recruited by a figure(人物) of no account(重要さ) called Maston who for a short time contrived(企てる) to (構える) a corner(陣営) in couner intelligence(外部からの諜報活動(intelligence)に対抗して、機密情報が外部に漏出するのを阻止する活動のこと). Maston saw a a great future in Alleline and, having peddled(売り歩く) his name furiously(猛烈に), (失態を演じて有力者のひいきを失うこと). Finding Alleline an embarrassment(邪魔な人物), Circus personnel (彼を送りだす) to South America where he did two full tours(外国勤務) under consular(領事の) cover(隠れみの) without returning to England.