Orientations

Orientations

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by W. Somerset Maugham
     
 

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This collection contains six stories by Somerset Maugham: The Punctiliousness of Don Sebastian — A Bad Example — De Amicitia — Faith — The Choice of Amyntas — Daisy.  See more details below

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This collection contains six stories by Somerset Maugham: The Punctiliousness of Don Sebastian — A Bad Example — De Amicitia — Faith — The Choice of Amyntas — Daisy.

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ISBN-13:
9781775452195
Publisher:
The Floating Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
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NOOK Book
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235 KB

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DE AMICITIA They were walking home from the theatre. ' Well, Mr White,' said Valentia, ' I think it was just fine.' ' It was magnificent!' replied Mr White. And they were separated for a moment by the crowd, streaming up from the Francais towards the Opera and the Boulevards. ' I think, if you don't mind/ she said, 4 I'll take your arm, so that we shouldn't get lost' He gave her his arm, and they walked through the Louvre and over the river on their way to the Latin Quarter. Valentia was an art student and Ferdinand White was a poet. Ferdinand considered Valentia the only woman who had ever been able to paint, and Valentia told Ferdinand that he was the only man she had met who knew anything about Art without being himself an artist. On her arrival in Paris, a year before, she had immediately inscribed herself, at the offices of the New York Herald, Valentia Stewart, Cincinnati, Ohio, U. S. A. She settled down in a respectable pension, and within a week was painting vigorously. Ferdinand White arrived from Oxford at about the same time, hired a dirty room in a shabby hotel, ate his meals at cheap restaurants in the Boulevard St Michel, read Stephen Mallarmd, and flattered himself that he was leading ' la vie de Bohtme! After two months, the Fates brought the pair together, and Ferdinand began to take his meals at Valentia's pension. They went to the museums together; and in the Sculpture Gallery at the Louvre, Ferdinand would discourse on ancient Greece in general and on Plato in particular, while among the pictures Valentia would lecture on tones and values and chiaroscuro. Ferdinand renounced Ruskin and all his works; Valentia read the Symposium. Frequently in the evening theywent to the theatre; sometimes to the Francais, but more often to the Ode"on ;...

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Somerset Maugham was a British fiction writer, essayist and playwright known for works like Of Human Bondage and The Razor's Edge. Somerset Maugham studied medicine for a time before turning to writing, eventually releasing well-known works like Of Human Bondage, Cakes and Ale and The Razor's Edge. A successful London playwright as well as an essayist and short-story writer, Maugham also faced critiques for his cynicism and harsh portrayals. The Times obituarist called Maugham "the most assured English writer of all time".

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