By W. Somerset Maugham
The tales during this assortment circulation from Malaya to the United States and England, and comprise a few of Maugham's most famed stories; 'Flotsam and Jetsam', the tale of an outdated lady trapped for years in a loveless marriage within the distant rubber plantations; 'The guy with the Scar', and significantly the outlet tale 'The Vessel of Wrath', a story of the unforeseen love that grows among a religious missionary nurse and a drunken reprobate. during this moment quantity of his accumulated tales, Maugham illustrates his attribute wry conception of human foibles and his genius for evoking compelling drama from an acute experience of time and position.
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He was sucking on an Italian ice in a pink cup. “This just isn’t working out,” I said in as raw a voice as I could muster. “Stop busting my horns,” I said. ” He rolled a barbell out from beneath the hammock and started doing curls. “You must really think you’re goddamn Charles Atlas or something,” I said. ” My head was starting to throb from squinting into the sun. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. He didn’t so much walk as scuttle, like a hermit crab. A hairpin with an onyx mounted on one end was snaked through her braided ponytail.
She said it was their contention that wealthy people didn’t teach in public schools, and she gave in to them without a fight. Tomorrow was my day to open the deli. Her look was inflamed. ” “I don’t mind walking,” I said. ” she said. When I couldn’t think of a plausible excuse to give them for my being there to see her, I fled, dumping the flowers at the nurses’ station on her floor and devouring the chocolates myself, later that night, alone. I wanted to ask her what happened but froze. ” I said, an unexpected, aggrieved tone creeping into my voice.
She said he had seduced her simply by saying that with her shoulderlength, fluffedout red hair and pinup body she looked like Hayworth in Gilda. “I missed that one also,” I said. Every new song or book he liked was labeled groundbreaking, and if he didn’t care for it he said it was mush, or trivial, or decadent. ” I could hear the gloom and neglect in her voice. ” She nestled against me and put my thumb to her breast and had me caress the hard knot where her breast and armpit joined. “There are malignant floaters, diseased tissue, growing inside my chest wall now,” she whispered.
Collected Short Stories Volume 2 by W. Somerset Maugham