The Summing Up
This book represents Maugham's life and philosophy in his own words. It is autobiographical in nature, though most of the work is concerned with Maugham's unique and fascinating opinions on the theatre, writing, metaphysics and the interesting people he encountered in his long and successful career.
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We are less revengeful than we were and now a play devoted to revenge would
be scarcely plausible . Perhaps because our passions are less strong , perhaps
even because the teaching of Christ has [ 129 ] THE SUMMING UP.
I have a notion that when the intelligent look for thought in a playhouse , they
show less intelligence than one would have expected of them . Thought is a
private thing . It is the offspring of reason It depends on the mentat capacity of the
There is no reason why they should be less interesting ; and if by the time the
play has run its course they are out of date , what of it ? The play is dead anyway .
Now to this question the answer is that there is no reason at all . if he can get
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