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embassy
used in Not Without My Daughter

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an ambassador and staff who live in a country to represent their home country; or the building where they work
  • Surely the embassy would be able to get Mahtob and me out of here, if only I could find some way to contact a sympathetic official.
embassy = the ambassador and staff
  • Moody boasted that this was an affluent neighborhood on the northern side of Tehran; his sister's house was just two doors away from the Chinese Embassy. it was screened from the street by a large fence crafted of green iron bars set together closely.
  • Quickly she blurted out the telephone number and address of the U.S. Interest Section of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran.
  • That night in my bedroom I worked out a simple code to disguise the embassy's telephone number and address, and copied the information into my address book, stashing it under the mattress with my money.
  • When he was threatening, it hardened my resolve to somehow establish contact with the embassy.
  • I slipped a supply of Iranian rials out of their hiding place, grabbed Mahtob, and quietly left the house if I could not make contact with the embassy over the telephone, I would somehow find my way there.
  • I tried to tell the driver to take us to the U.S. Interest Section of the Swiss Embassy, but he could not understand I repeated the address my mother had told me on the phone: "Park Avenue and Seventeenth Street."
  • "We are going to the embassy," I said, able to breathe more easily now that we were on our way.
  • After bounding his car through the streets of Tehran for more than a half hour, the driver paused at the Australian Embassy on Park Avenue.
  • Moments later we pulled up in front of our haven, a large, modern, concrete building with a plaque declaring that it was the U.S. Interest Section of the Embassy of Switzerland.
  • I spent the next hour at the embassy in shock.
  • This might give me a chance to contact the embassy once more, to see if Helen was holding any mail for me, or if the State Department had been able to do anything to help.
  • Finally, on the fourth or fifth shopping trip, I decided to risk a telephone call to the Swiss Embassy.
  • While Hamid worked, I telephoned the embassy and managed to get Helen on the line.
  • Helen said she had sent Moody two certified letters ordering him to bring us to the embassy.
  • Thus far I had trusted my story to no one outside the embassy.
  • Whether he doubted my story, or whether the embassy's letters had put him on guard, Moody grew openly menacing and belligerent over the next several days.
  • As I recovered my health and ventured out more frequently, I stopped at Hamid's shop at every opportunity to call Helen at the embassy, and to discuss my plight with my newfound friend.
  • Although the information I received from the embassy-or the lack thereof-was demoralizing, it was still my only point of contact with home.
  • I ached to pick up the phone, which was well within my reach, and call the embassy, but I dared not make any overtures during this first day.
  • As soon as Ali learned that Moody was a doctor he mentioned that he was trying to obtain a medical visa' to visit the United States for treatment of a heart condition Judy added that she was flying to Frankfurt the following week, where she would visit the American Embassy to try to get the visa for him.
  • Please go to the American Embassy in Frankfurt and tell them that I am here They must do something to help me.
  • I knew that the embassy had contacted him about me, but he did not know that I knew.
  • I was surprised and shocked that anyone from the embassy would call me here, but I fought hard to conceal my apprehension from Nasserine.
  • He knew that the embassy was trying to reach me, but he did not know that I knew it.
  • He decided to believe in my ignorance, but he was clearly upset that someone-most probably someone at the embassy had tracked me to Mammal's home.
  • It had been weeks since I had been able to talk to Helen at the embassy, when she had warned me about the mysterious women who were looking for me.
  • I used the time to telephone Helen at the embassy, and she warned me once more about the two mysterious women who seemed bent on helping me.
  • "Mahtob," I said, "we are going to the embassy this morning.
  • We found an office for a telephone taxi and I gave the driver directions to the U.S. Interest Section of the Swiss Embassy; Mahtob helped with the translation.
  • "An American woman also contacted the American Embassy in Frankfurt about you," Helen continued.
  • They will be issued through the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland.
  • She ushered Mahtob and me into the office of her boss, a Mr. Vincop, the vice-consul of the embassy.
  • "I'm calling from the vice-consul's office at the embassy," I said.
  • Should I heed the counsel of the embassy officials or should I grasp for freedom anywhere I could find it?
  • All I want is for you to arrange for me to get out of the house sometimes, like today, so that I can go to the Swiss Embassy.
  • I told her about my contacts at the embassy, how they were sending and receiving mail for me, and doing what they could to help.
  • Well, I don't want to go to the embassy," Ellen said.
  • My husband told me, when we first came, that I'm not allowed to go to the embassy, so I have never even seen it.
  • Helen and Mr. Vincop at the embassy had stressed that the real snag in that first scenario was the possibility of having to hide away from Moody, and perhaps the police, while remaining in Tehran.
  • I grew frantic to see Helen at the embassy, to check out this new plan with her and weigh her advice against my immediate affection for Miss Alavi.
  • I called Ellen at work and told her it was time to activate our plan to get me to the Swiss Embassy.
  • I was furious with Ellen, and desperate to get to the embassy, but I dared not go there without the assurance that Ellen would cover for me.
  • How could I get to the embassy?
  • Had the embassy called?
  • We were heading along the somewhat familiar route that led to the U.S. Interest Section of the Swiss Embassy.
  • In fact, the hospital where we finally arrived was almost directly across the street from the embassy!
  • I recognized Moody's quandary immediately, for if he went to see Nelufar, he would have to leave Mahtob and me unattended here in the reception room across the street from the embassy!
  • It was strange to be this close to the embassy and powerless to act.
  • We walked quickly to a nearby house, passing to one side of the embassy.
  • Morteza and Nastaran's house was located one block behind the embassy.
  • Somehow I had to get to a phone to call her and, perhaps, Helen at the embassy.
  • Helen and I made tentative plans to meet at three o'clock that afternoon in a park near the embassy.
  • He told me never to go near the embassy, and he told me that I have to tell Moody because it is my Islamic duty.
  • If I could not contact the embassy, I had to trust Ellen and Hormoz!
  • Perhaps I could contact the embassy after all, using that phone.
  • Soon I had Helen on the line at the embassy and my composure was gone.
  • Can you come to the embassy?
  • I could not manage the circuitous trip to the embassy and still make it back to Mahtob's school by noon.
  • I can't come to the embassy.
  • No. I called the embassy and some people from there are going to meet me at the school.
  • Why did you call the embassy?
  • You do not have any business calling the embassy.
  • You will really be in trouble with Moody for calling the embassy.
  • She did not want officials of the Swiss Embassy embroiled in this.
  • They ushered me into the back seat of an unmarked car, unidentifiable as an embassy vehicle.
  • "No," she said, and added, "You should not have brought the embassy people here."
  • Frustrated at every turn, numb with fear, disgusted at the Islamic law that denied me access to my very own daughter, I retreated outside, back to the embassy car.
  • The embassy official sighed deeply.
  • At one point Hormoz said, "We have decided, even though it is our Islamic duty, that we will not tell Moody about the embassy people, about your plans.
  • -I nearly bit my tongue stopping the words "embassy people" from tumbling out "you promised that you would protect us.
  • Don't ever tell anybody that we went to the embassy.
  • Call the embassy!
  • In front of Reza and Essey, I dared not discuss the embassy with Ellen and Hormoz.
  • The American Embassy was taken over in Tehran.
  • Immediately, I plugged in the phone, called Helen at the embassy, and sobbed out the details of my worsening plight.
  • Once again I explained that I did not want to risk the embassy's active help.
  • The embassy?
  • As quickly as I could, I described these hideous new developments and cautioned Mom and Dad not to pressure the embassy or the State Department too hard right now.
  • She had asked if her mummy had ever taken her to the embassy, if her mommy was trying to get out of the country.
  • Dr. Mojallali had been Moody's close friend in Corpus Christi until shortly after the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, he and Moody had abruptly ended their association.
  • Moody allowed Mahtob and me out for a marketing trip one day, and I stopped at Hamid's menswear shop to call Helen at the embassy.
  • Able now to use the phone frequently, and to sneak a quick visit to the embassy, I renewed my efforts to find someone who could and would help.
  • Should I have my parents send some money to the embassy?
  • I now began to see Helen at the embassy regularly, either on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • One evening we went to the home of Akram Hakim the mother of Jamal, Moody's "nephew" who-so many years ago-had met us for breakfast in an Austin hotel and broke the news of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran Hakim's niece was there, and she was visibly upset.
  • I remained close to Helen at the embassy; nearly every day I called Amahl.
  • Soon you will be able to get a passport from the embassy and get home.
  • "The embassy is holding my driver's license," I said, "and my birth certificate and my credit cards."
  • Pick up your things at the embassy, but see if you can get your Iranian papers.
  • From Amahl's office I called Helen at the embassy.
  • It was past time for normal visiting hours at the embassy, but Helen said, "I will go down right away and tell the guards to let you in."
  • After the phone call Amahl added a cautionary note,; "Do not tell the people at the embassy what is going on."
  • It's easier than calling from the embassy and safer than you trying to call me at home.
  • I had heard those words so many times, too many times, from my very first visit with Helen at the embassy and in every conversation with Amahl.
  • Amahl had contacts with a certain customs officer who agreed to validate the American passports we had obtained through the Swiss Embassy.
  • The embassy?
  • The newspaper article about the kidnapped Australian couple and the words of Mr. Vincop at the embassy frightened me.
  • From Van we could catch a plane or bus to the capital city of Ankara and head straight for the U.S. Embassy.
  • If we could only make it to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, I knew we could arrange for new passports.
  • The embassy!
  • I'm going to the embassy in the morning.
  • Just please let us stay here tonight and I will go to the embassy the first thing in the morning.
  • Can you call the embassy?
  • You don't have an embassy, problem.
  • Supremely frustrated, across the street from freedom yet a bureaucratic world away, I hung up the phone and told the manager that I had to wait until morning to see someone at the embassy.
  • Mom took the phone again and I asked her to contact the case officer she had been working with at the State Department and have someone from Washington explain my situation to someone at the embassy in Ankara.
  • I'll call you as soon as I get to the embassy," I said.
  • Then we took a taxi to the Embassy of the United States of America.
  • Helen Balassanian still works at the U.S. Interest Section of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, doing what she can to help others in situations similar to mine.

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