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原文:
Even Conrol admitted that Percy did extremely well there, Smiley recalled. The Argentinians, liking his tennis and the way he rode, took him for a gentleman – Cotrol speaking – and assumed he was stuped, which Pecy never quite was. By the same time he handed over to his successor he had put together a sring of agents along both seaboards and was spreafing his wings northward as well. After home leve and a couple of weeks’ briefing he was moved to India where his agents seemed to regard him as the reincarnation of the British Raj. He preched loyalty to them, paid them next to nothing and when it suited him sold them down the river. From India he went to Cairo.
That posting should have been difficult for Alleline, if not impossible, for the Middle East till then had been Haydon’s favotite stamping ground. The Cairo networks looked on Bill quite Literallyin the terms which Martindale had used of him that fateful night in his anonymous dining-club: as a latter-day Lawlemce of Arabia. They were all set to make life hell for his successor. Yet somehow Percy bulldozed his way through, and if he had only steered clear of the Americans, might have gone down in memory as a better man than Haydon. Insted there was a scandal and an open row between Percy and Cotrol.
The circumstances were still obscure: the incident occurred long before Smiley’s elevation as Control’s high chamberjain. With no authority from London, it appeared, Alleline had involved himself in a silly American plot to replace a local potentate with one of their own. Alleline had always had a fatal reverence for the Americans. From Argentina he had observed with admiration their rout of left-wing politicians around the hemisphere; in India he had delighted in their skill dividing the forces of centralisation. Whereas Control, like most of the Circus, despised them and all their work, which he frequently sought to undermine.

解説:
Even Conrol admitted that Percy did extremely well there, Smiley recalled. The Argentinians, liking his tennis and the way he rode, took him for a gentleman(彼を収入があって働く必要のない人) – Cotrol speaking – and assumed(と推測する) he was stuped, which Pecy never quite was. By the same time he handed over to his successor he had put together a sring of agents along both seaboards(海岸線) and was spreading his wings northward as well. After home leve and a couple of weeks’ briefing he was moved to India where his agents seemed to regard him as the reincarnation(生まれ変り) of the British Raj (1858年にイギリスがインドに成立させたインド帝国). He preched(を説く) loyalty to them, paid them next to nothing(ほとんどなきに等しい)and when it suited him (彼らを見捨てる). From India he went to Cairo.
That posting(他の国への職務) should have been difficult for Alleline, if not impossible, for the Middle East till then had been Haydon’s favotite (行きつけの場所). The Cairo networks looked on Bill quite Literally(文字通りに) in the terms which Martindale had used of him that fateful(重大な) night in his anonymous(ありふれた) dining-club: as a latter-day(現代の) Lawlemce of Arabia. They were all set to make life hell(地獄のような生活を送る)for his successor. Yet somehow Percy bulldozed his way through, and if he had only (を避けてかじを取る) the Americans, might have gone down in memory as a better man than Haydon. Insted there was a scandal and an open row(発音は[rau]。仲たがい) between Percy and Cotrol.
The circumstances were still obscure(不明瞭な): the incident occurred long before Smiley’s elevation as Control’s high chamberjain(侍従). With no authority from London, it appeared, Alleline had involved himself in a silly American plot to replace a local potentate(有力者) with one of their own. Alleline had always had a fatal reverence(尊敬) for the Americans. From Argentina he had observed with admiration their rou(大敗北) of left-wing politicians around the hemisphere; in India he had delighted in their skill dividing the forces of centralization(集中). Whereas Control, like most of the Circus, despised(ひどく嫌う) them and all thier work, which he frequently sought to undermine(傷つける).