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The intrigue is unimportant and the persons of the play are drawn from the
standpoint of caricature rather than ... Gogol, however, had the good sense not to
distort his picture by the introduction of any person of intelligence or decency.
There is ...
She is a snob and will impudently force her acquaintance on persons who she
knows wish to avoid it. She is a climber, but with the paltriness of her mind is
satisfied with the second rate; the secretaries of great men are her prey, not the
We feel dissatisfied when the persons of a story do not act from motives that we
accept as sufficient. We expect their behaviour to be rational, and if it isn't we say
: "But people don't act like that." Our demand for probability grows more and ...
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A compilation of notes kept over his lifetime and published just before Maugham's death. Though there were some pearls of wisdom and insightful comments on writing it was his commentary on daily life ... Read full review