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March 24, 2012
Five doors down the hall from Eisenbach, to the west, was Mawbrey’s. This was a heavy oak door like the rest, but uniquely bore no nameplate. The door was always locked, and no receptionist was assigned to its anteroom. Mawbrey was never seen to enter; never seen to exit, but one might occasionally overhear scufflings from within, and music. A clarinet: Brahms’s Sonata No 1 in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1.

From 1958 to 1965, Mawbrey was the nominal section chief. Porgas reported to him, as did Provençal, though not Johnson, whose detail — and budget — derived from Hoberman’s "envelope."