> I see the presence of Marianne as adding
> poignancy to his death -- you get the sense that his involvement with
> her (and Burnside's demands that Willie end the relationship) might
> have been the nudge that pushed Willie out of SIS altogether very soon.
> Whatever Diane might have said or done, I don't remember seeing anything
> to indicate that Willie might have had the least bit of romantic
> interest in her.
>Yes, I agree. I didn't mean to suggest that there was any interest in
Diane, just that if Diane had stayed on as secretary, she too may have felt
loss at Willie's demise. I don't know what the original writer intended!