(Gordon catches some well earned shut-eye. An apparition appears. It is the ghost of Chairman Mao.)
Mao: Get up, Brown. You shouldn’t be sleeping . Remember what I said? It’s still too early to tell…
Brown: (Mumbles) Early to tell? Tell what?
Mao: How can your memory fail you? A time like this? The French Revolution! Too early to tell the outcome of the French Revolution.
Brown: Oh… Yes. That revolution. I thought you meant…
Mao: I didn’t ask you to think.
Brown: No. But…
Mao: No buts.
Brown: But the outcome, I thought that…
Mao: You thought?
Brown: Yes, I thought that, you know, power. The name of the…
Mao: Yes, the name of the game. A game by any other name. We’ve been here before.
Brown: We’ve been here before.
Mao: So where did you go wrong? Did you not study the examples of Deng?
Mao: Yes, Deng.
Brown: You hated Deng. So I thought.
Mao: Says who?
Mao: Deng kept the revolution alive whilst tolerating the filthy rich.
Brown: Good point.
Mao: (Wearily) Good… point… You tell me that? Good point?
Brown: I’m tired. (Yawns). What do I do now?
Mao: Hold on to power at any cost.
(The apparition starts to fade.)
Brown: (Mumbles) At any cost. Yes. At any cost. Hold on to power.
(Mao stares angrily at Brown as he vanishes)
Brown: At any cost.
(Exit Ghost. Enter Blair)
Blair: 'Tis not gone.