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FUTURE INDEFINITE (352 pp.)—Noel Coward—Doubleday ($4.50).

After two weeks' work as British propaganda agent in Paris at the start of World War II, Noel Coward decided to report back to London on his progress. On a supersecret telephone, Agent Coward muttered a strictly hush-hush number—to which the operator responded with "a shrill scream of laughter" that set poor Noel's conspiratorial nerves jangling. A few seconds later, however, Coward found himself connected with his superior officer, Dallas Brooks, in London and started to unburden:

"This is Diplomat speaking." "Who?" bellowed Brooks crossly.

"Diplomat," repeated...

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