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She smiled with amd lips and with her eyes and there was in her smile something that even then I recognized as singularly pleasant. He was our coal merchant, but he also dabbled in house property, and he owned a share in one or two col- liers.

Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham

Who has it, who doesn’t and how some play the promotion game — literary teas, salons, At Homes, courting critics. But here again I must add that this is only my own opinion; the world at large and the most eminent critics have agreed that they are very winsome types of English womanhood, spirited, gallant, high- souled, and they have been often compared with the heroines of Shake- speare.

Encombe talk of the people she knew. Shall you be here tomorrow? I had grown a little and I had had a new suit made at Tercanbury, blue serge and very smart, and I had bought a new tie. This story is more about her and through her we find out a little more about him, yet still he is an enigma.

There is then the meeting itself where it becomes fairly clear that this writer is interested in what the I in the book knows about another writer who has fairly recently died. Nothing lasting developed between myself and this young lady, but I am thinking of getting in touch with her again to thank her once more — as her judgement has proved very much correct.


It was quite evident that Roy had felt the moment inopportune to ask me to grant him a favour. The cold roast beef is frozen and comes from Aus- tralia and was over-cooked at middle day; and the burgundy — ah, why will they call it burgundy? John Donne’s line “No man is an island,” aptly fits.

I understood the social satire and found it kind of funny but not all that witty. English society, mannerism, a writer’s life, all these covered in witty, sharp and ironica Random reading. Humphry Ward and admired Robert Elsmere. Then the day came when I had to go back to school. Her only identity is that of caretaker of her husband in life and of his reputation in death.

Nov 11, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Although only a few of his works are still read,…. But we all found it very interesting to hear Mrs.

The man had got off as she fell. Keep Exploring Britannica Bob Dylan. She was businesslike, quiet, coolly cynical, and very expensive. Driffield gave me that childlike, mischievous smile of hers; she was perfectly at her ease.

He was never dull. This particular novel suggested itself because of its subject a satire on literary London in the early 20th century and because it’s apparently the novel for which Maugham himself most wanted to be remembered.

His blue eyes were very pale and the rims of his eyelids red.

But as we rode along I saw coming toward us the doctor in his dogcart. But people add other qualities to beauty — sublimity, human interest, tenderness, love — because beauty does not long content them. Beauty is a blind alley. Interestingly, from those stories, novels by A 3. Aug 29, Hunter Murphy rated it it was lae. I wished I had not come. The Kear character is based on Hugh Walpole does anyone read him today?

She introduced us to a clergyman and a lady, who got up as we were shown in. He would sing, peering at the mu- sic with his rather short-sighted eyes, for an hour at a time; there was a smile on his mauyham and he liked us all to join in the chorus.


Thomas Hardy was Driffield but with differences. Beauty is that which satisfies somdrset aesthetic instinct.

First we mopped the floor with him; Dragged him up and down the stairs ; Then we lugged him round the room, Under tables, over chairs. At first I thought it might be Ted Driffield and I was on the point of going out when he stopped and lit a pipe; I saw zle was Lord George, I wondered what he was doing there and at the same moment it struck me that he was waiting for Mrs.

He is as mysterious and avant-garde as Maughaam, a man who seems to pay no mind to what society thinks of him. No one can be a humbug for five-and-twenty years.

Cakes and Ale

Remem- ber me to her, will you, and ask her to look in on her evening out. Her character is treated favourably by the book’s narrator, Ashenden, who understands that she was a muse to the many artists who surrounded her, and who himself enjoyed her sexual favours.

He cut him dead when he met him in the town.

He was the only son of a civil servant who, after being Colonial Secretary for many years in Hong- Kong, ended his career as Governor of Jamaica. I have to suppose that once the central game itself, the book, is an attempt to tell truth from bluff, substance from distraction– as it is in Cakes And Ale — that invisible, enormous closet door just gets aale the way.

Wrong language in book description 2 20 Nov 24, They rode off, and in a few minutes I followed.