We have been on the road for less than a week and already we have met some interesting mysteries.
The little Cantonese man in spats is the most obvious.
While both Maillart and Fleming worry that he might be a spy, the British is quick in dismissing him as a poser. With the change of lorry, he will be soon forgotten.
But two other interesting bits come from Fleming – bringing up two facts about Maillart that she does not include in her memoir.
- First, from Fleming’s letter to The Times, we learn that Kini is traveling with “a big gun”. She does not mention such weapon in her book.
- Second, we learn that, in Pinliang, Maillart received “some medicine that she needed for an ailment in her nose”.
She does not write about it – neither the ailment nor the medicine.
Curious, considering in the earlier chapters of her book she discussed some of her medical worries.
This is curious because, all things considered, I would have considered Fleming the likelier of the couple to show some reticence.
We’ll have to keep an eye out for more inconsistencies.
Also, it’s time to get the maps out, because after Lanchouw (or Lanzhou), the going will get rough.
But first, Lanchouw, coming up next.