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The plays and the novels are a slightly different matter, if only because they
involve larger and more sustained excursions away from the pose of the casual
story-teller. Maugham's plays are skillful and intelligent, but even the best of them
of its characterization, in the plausibility of its intrigue and in the beauty of its
dialogue, is impossible. It seemed to me that in the novel and in the short story
perfection had been sometimes achieved, and though I could scarcely hope to
reach it, ...
They have thought that they were learning something when they read novels in
which the characters delivered their views on the burning topics of the day. A bit
of lovemaking thrown in here and there made the information they were given ...
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