Marks was summoned before Brigadier Colin Gubbins to answer for his disruptive memorandums. Gubbins was described as a “real Highland toughie, bloody brilliant… The general's eyes reflected the crossed swords on his shoulders, warning all comers not to cross them with him.” Marks was shocked realizing those eyes were focused on him. Gubbins grilled Marks. He demanded to know who had seen his report. Who had typed it. Marks had. Gubbins’ eyes glared cold steel at Marks. 'What did you tell Colonel Tiltman about the Dutch situation?' he demanded. 'Nothing, sir, I was instructed not to discuss the country sections.' 'And you always obey your instructions?' 'No, sir. But in this instance, I did.' There was silence as Celt met Jew on the frontier of instinct.