In real life, spies who betray their own country bear little resemblance to the spies of fiction. They are rarely brave, dashing risk-takers. In fact, they lack strong conviction and are motivated only by money or sex. An Agent’s Bride is a hired escort to help control an agent. The “bride” you’ve hired will meet your agent and stay at his side whenever he leaves his home country. She’s what keeps him providing you with stolen information. In the painting, nothing in the glamorous background is real. It’s only a poster on a wall, placed there for his benefit.