The story is told by Willie Ashenden, a character who previously appeared in Maugham’s short-story collection Ashenden. A novelist, Ashenden is befriended by. Full text of “Cakes And Ale Maugham” ORG ELECTRONIC REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED CAKES AND ALE knew that nothing short of a downright “go. Complete summary of W. Somerset Maugham’s Cakes and Ale. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Cakes and Ale.

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It was the sort of room that a devoted wife would evi- dently arrange for her literary husband. Wrong language in book description 2 20 Nov 24, She is sexual to the point of being something of a nymphomaniac but the narrator makes a point to say that this is so merely because she is simple and sensual in the most earthy kind of way. I asked for whatever it was I wanted and as quickly as I could left them.

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Perhaps he thought that this meeting, the first after so long a separation, had better be em- ployed in establishing friendly relations, and was prepared to look upon the pleasant, substantial meal merely as ground bait. At first, dazzled and then maugbam aback by my effusive welcome, I did not see who the two men were who got up as I came in.

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This fanciful “plotting” makes no sense. I like this a lot, so four stars is what I shall give it. She took the empty siphon, swept the room with a look to see that it was tidy, and went out. No one amugham more anxious to improve himself than he and he hopes he is still capable of learning.


He certainly takes a side swipe at Evelyn Waugh another favourite author of mine and is cajes his best when sniping at the literary world and also laughing at himself as a young, priggish and snobbish youth.

I was not put out. Maugham subtly weaved layers of circumstances between the different characters while simultaneously combining the present with vivid and engaging recollections from boyhood. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I won- dered if he had completely forgotten me. Not as much as Of Human Bondagebut enough — more than enough.

He came in, big, bluff, and hearty; his vitality shattered with a single gesture the frail construction I had been building out of the vanished past.

She began talking to the girl behind the bar and I was horrified to hear her remark that she had been in the business herself for five years. One is praised for her behavior yet seems false and the other is more genuine and real but too common. Besides, he told me to choose my own day, so it could hardly be that he wished me to meet anyone else.

This story is more about her and through her we find out a little more about him, yet still he is an enigma. Notify me of new comments via email.

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Then, wanting to rest again, disappointed but cheerful, she sat down beside me. The skeleton in the cupboard seems to be a certain Rosie, a sweet barmaid with maugyam broad libido – Edward Driffield’s first wife.

The ladies put on afternoon dresses and were not visible till then; they lived privately with rigid economy so that you could not alw in for a casual meal, but when they entertained their tables groaned with food. I did not mention Mrs. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.


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Luncheon was announced and we trooped into the dining room. It never ceased to embarrass me, the way in which they talked of incidents in their past that I should have thought they would not dream of mentioning. He listened to her with maughan looked like polite interest, putting in now and then a remark in a voice too low for me to catch, and when she made a jest she made snd frequently and often good msugham he gave a little chuckle and shot her PRODUCED BY UNZ.

They came to me higgledy- piggledy, an incident and then a scrap of conversation that belonged to a previous time, and I have set them down in order for the conven- ience of the reader and because I have a neat mind.

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Since his death Driffield has been hailed by polite literary society as lion, a man whose work reflects impeccable taste of the world around him. But people add other qualities to beauty — sublimity, human interest, tenderness, love — because beauty does not long content them. I loved how the inflections of class, dry wit, and observations encompassed the plot.

I read the first volume and maugnam I sent it back.

Was he a nice little boy? Everyone that doesn’t know her hates her.