We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"... more layers of betrayal than a Rupert Holmes song." -- FilmMonster
this movie and the book of the same name are known for portraying the alleged amorality of cold warriors and their intelligence services. but -- Fiedler in this story and LeCarre's main characters George Smiley and his Moscow Centre adversary, Karla, are true believers and patriots each in his own way, as are many of the minor characters.
BTW, in the novel, its not clear why Liz Gold (Nan Perry in the movie) is shot. It may be that she delayed too long getting over the wall.