"Ausable did not fit any description of a secret agent Fowler had ever read." What do secret agents in books and films look like, in your opinion? Discuss in groups or in class some stories or movies featuring spies, detectives and secret agents, and compare their appearance with that of Ausable in this story. (You may mention characters from fiction in languages other than English. In English fiction you may have come across Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, or Miss Marple. Have you watched any movies featuring James Bond?)
Discuss what you would do in the situations described below. Remember that presence of mind comes out of a state of mental preparedness. If you have thought about possible problems or dangers, and about how to act in such situations, you have a better chance of dealing with such situations if they do arise.
(i) A small fire starts in your kitchen
(ii) A child starts to choke on a piece of food.
(iii) An electrical appliance starts to hiss and gives out sparks.
(iv) A bicycle knocks down a pedestrian.
(v) It rains continuously for more than twenty-four hours.
(vi) A member of your family does not return home at the usual or expected time.