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She could talk then ? " “ Yes , after a fashion , but the thing that surprised me was
that she spoke in English . She always insisted on talking French . You know ,
she hated the English . " “ What did she want with me ? ” “ That I cannot tell you .
They made him feel shy , but he cultivated their society ; he became quite a lady's
man , and to Ashenden , who knew more about him than R. suspected , that bowl
of roses told a story . Ashenden knew that R. had not sent for him to talk about ...
How can I talk when your attention is taken up by whether you are going to get a
black seven to put on a red eight ? ... a study of it you have the right to expect that
the person you're talking to will give you the fullest attention he is capable of .
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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