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He was a German - Swiss and spoke French with a strong accent . He
immediately asked for his wages and these Ashenden passed over to him in an
envelope . They were in Swiss francs . He gave a general account of his stay in
It was a very plain , stiff , whitewashed room , with chairs of the same shiny
pitchpine as in his bedroom , and on the walls were oleographs of Swiss lakes .
On each little table was a bunch of flowers . It was all neat and clean and
presaged a ...
Or: The British Agent William Somerset Maugham. “ No , I know no one whom I
could conscientiously recommend , " she answered . “ The Swiss accent is
hateful beyond words . It could do Mr. Somerville only harm to converse with a
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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