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Dinner was at seven , and , wishing to be in the diningroom before anyone else
so that he could take stock of his fellow - guests as they entered , he went down
as soon as he heard the bell . It was a very plain , stiff , whitewashed room , with ...
He wore his dinner - jacket , the most difficult costume for a man to look well in ,
with incredible distinction . “ My wife has gone to a concert , but she'll come in
later . She wants to make your acquaintance . I haven't asked anybody else .
For Mr. Harrington was an after - dinner speaker and had read all the best books
on speaking in public . He knew exactly how to get on good terms with his
audience , just where to put in the serious words that touched their hearts , how to
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This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has put his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review
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It's easy to see why this one is considered an archetype of espionage fiction. The fact that the book was first published back in the late 1920s means that some of the dialogue and narrative will ... Read full review