Call One - Monday, 8th September 2003, 9:07am
PM: [My own name]?
[Pause] [It was at this point that I began taping the call.]
Can I help you?
PM: You got my letter.
Me: Who's calling please?
PM: Am I speaking to [my own name]?
Me: Yes sir. How can I help you?
PM: I sent you a letter.
PM: Marlin. I am Marlin.
[I pause momentarily]
Me: You're Peter Marlin?
PM: I haven't seen my name. You do not listen.
Me: Mr Marlin, may I ask where you're calling from?
PM: Why do you not listen?
Me: I'm listening now. Would you care to give me some information about yourself? You say your name's Peter Marlin. Is that your real name?
PM: I expect you to listen. To tell.
Me: I am listening. But I can't tell anyone anything unless I know the facts. What is it you expect me to report?
PM: I sent proof.
Me: The finger?
You have to understand Mr Marlin, no editor will allow me to go to press without substantial evidence of a story. That means details, background, something more to go on.
Perhaps you could tell me where the finger came from?
Maybe you could come into the office sometime? Tell me your story, give me some details?
PM: I am serious.
Me: I don't doubt that Mr Marlin, but I can't do anything without more information. Perhaps-
[The line goes dead]
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