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In the course of his manipulations he had thrown out all the cards in the pack but
four , and these now lay in front of him face downwards and side by side . He
touched them one by one but did not turn them up . “ There is fate , " he said , “
... the deserted streets and Ashenden walked by his side . ... found himself in a
long sordid room at one end of which a wizened young man sat at a piano ; there
were tables standing out from the wall on each side and against them benches .
He could not sleep ; he tossed from side to side of his bed , thinking for what a
noodle she must take him , and he could hardly wait for the day that would permit
him to take steps to efface the contemptible impression HIS EXCELLENCY 225.
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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