In the Enemy’s House tells the story of codebreaker Meredith Gardner and Robert Lamphere. Here’s a closer look into Meredith’s life.

Blanche Hatfield, a Mount Holyoke Phi Beta Kappa grad and a code wrangler at Arlington Hall, introduced herself to fellow code breaker Meredith Gardner, with a flirty, “I thought you were just a legend!”And in German, to boot. It was pretty much love at first sight.

Meredith Gardner was a long, lanky, ascetic man, partial to a deliberately donnish attire. A man whose very thinness seemed to suggest that all the fun had been squeezed out of him.

Meredith and his daughter Ann on the boat to England. After the execution of the Rosenbergs, he felt a deep guilt that his puzzle-solving had culminated in their deaths. He went to work at Cheltenham, the British code-breaking facility, because he wanted to get away from America for a while.

Arthur Gardner and his sister Ann when the family was living in England. Years earlier a mischievous Arthur, mystified by his parents’ conversations, had constructed “an electric chair to give Ann the shock of her life.”

 

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