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He speaks, without modulation, on one note. He has lived so long on outstations
that he is shy and silent in company. He has a native wife whom he does not care
for and four half-caste children whom he is educating in Singapore to be clerks ...
He is dressed without affectation, but well; his clothes hang on him loosely, but
are well cut. He is a cavalryman and you can imagine that in uniform he must be
a striking figure. He speaks with a singular drawl, in a rather humorous fashion.
The proprietor is a small fat Greek, who speaks not very good English, and he is
assisted in the dining-room by a scrubby Greek boy with fine eyes and a gold
tooth. The guests. A military man, an ex-Dragoon, very gentlemanly and good
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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