The year sputtered out, and men in Great Britain made their reckonings and asked their questions: What will happen in 1941? Will invasion vomit suddenly from those scores of angry, bruised sea-mouths from Norway to Normandy? Will the shorthand of Balkan rumor eventually spell out a third front to the war? Will a dozen ex-countries have a future? Will the secrets and mysteries of Japan (see p. 28) be resolved? Above all, will the child of the West plunge his hand into the fire?

Outwardly, men in Great Britain were defiant; the questions were deep inside them. "Christmas," said a placard...

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