Read the excerpt from Section 2 of the Espionage Act, which was enacted by the Congress of the United States on June 15, 1917.
Whoever, with intent or reason to believe that it is to be used to the injury or the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation, communicated, delivers, or transmits, or attempts to, or aids, or induces another to, communicate, deliver or transmit, to any foreign government, or to any faction or party or military or naval force within a foreign country, whether recognized or unrecognized by the United States, or to any representative, officer, agent, employee, subject, or citizen thereof, either directly or indirectly and document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blue print, plan, map, model, note, instrument, appliance, or information relating to the national defence, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than twenty years.
How does this excerpt relate to the plot of the The Inheritors?
It creates a shift in the mood, which was initially lighthearted, to one that is somber and tense.
It characterizes Emil, who is the first to mention the act, as one who exaggerates and worries unnecessarily.
It establishes the setting by referring to acts of espionage that were only committed during certain periods in history.
It strengthens the conflict by revealing the severity of the punishments that one convicted of spying will face.