The following essay introduction from one of my students throws up interesting tense considerations. I did underline the sections to look at but the blog has erased them. Gnash, gnash, but I am sure you can see what I was remarking on. ?The Quiet American? is a novel which was written in 1955 by Graham Greene and it is set in Vietnam. The three main characters in the novel are Thomas Fowler, Alden Pyle and a young Vietnamese lady called Phuong. Phuong is a metaphor for the ongoing battle between France and America for Vietnam. In the course of my essay, I will be looking at the development of Thomas Fowler throughout the novel.