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 n.— «Barnes is a neophyte agent, an ex-doctoral candidate in Ottoman history, trained as a case officer under nonofficial cover, “known in the secret language of the club as NOC. As in: knock on wood.” Naive and idealistic, she was “afflicted with the disease, common and occasionally fatal among intelligence officers, of wanting to make the world better.”» —“Fictional Foreign Intrigue” by Alix Madrigal San Francisco Chronicle (California) Apr. 28, 1991. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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