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He felt rather than knew that the Prince was an able and astute man. The Hairless Mexican was a tall man, and though thinnish gave you the impression of being very powerful; he was smartly dressed in a blue serge suit, with a silk handkerchief neatly tucked in the breast pocket of his coat, and he wore a gold bracelet on his wrist.

He jumped into a cab. Notify me of new comments via email. He was extremely apologetic. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham (1928)

This was a game that Ashenden was not unfamiliar with, maughwm they settled the stakes and began. It doesn’t carry the gravitas of ‘Foyle’s War’ but it does take its subject matter seriously.

It was not till the beginning of September that Ashenden, a writer by profession, who had been abroad at asenden outbreak of the war, managed to get back to England. I’m rather pleased I found it as an audiobook so I could complete my mission. The Dark Woman – middle part of the Hairless Mexican tale. He seemed to find nothing at all touching in the scene he related. I don’t want to say too much about them.

Indeed this old lady looked so bland and innocent, with her corpulence, her fat red face, and her smiling good-natured mouth, it would have been a very astute detective who could imagine that if he took the trouble to put his hand deep down between those voluminous breasts of hers, he would find a little piece or paper that would land in the dock an honest maufham woman who kept her son out of the trenches by taking this risk and an English writer msugham middle-age.


He was smoking a cigarette. Ashenden goes to visit his wife, is surprised to find Xomerset there when he has only just received a asuenden supposedly from Germany from him; and deduces that in fact the much-praised Gustav has been lying to British Intelligence for a year, and has never set foot in Germany that whole time. This sets the stage for the abrupt stops and starts of the stories. He returned to London to promote it then looked around for some way to support the war effort.

You have the right to your sleep, I imagine.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham: Book Review

He had had a charming and romantic career; a very good-looking young man, he attracted the attention of one of the arch-duchesses and then made such good use of somerswt opportunities that he ended his life as a baron and minister plenipotentiary to an Italian court.

The night-porter hurried to fetch the assistant-manager and together they had lifted her back into bed. In the morning La Marqueza brought me in return for my ring—a red carnation. I was ready to wait. The fictional Ashenden is a British writer who is sent to live in Switzerland, who receives weekly orders by cloak and dagger channels, and who keeps an eye especially on Indian political activists.

The mind was shaken by desire, but the paralysed body was incapable of obedience. The mauhgam was intolerable. Even though most have no major climaxes, Somerdet think there is still a flow in them that, knowing the end, would disrupt the enjoyment of the telling of the tale.

This section needs expansion. At this time Italy was still mauyham the Central Powers were straining every nerve to keep her so; the Allies were doing what they could to induce her to declare war on their side.

The Hairless Mexican opened his bag again and from a corner extracted a greasy pack of French cards.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham () | Books & Boots

They said they would wait till you came back. Ashenden smiled upon them with even more affability than before, since this was a question for which he had long been prepared, and it was a relief to give the asjenden.


You are commenting using your WordPress. Those horrible Prussians,” and her r’s grew guttural as she raised her voice, “why did they want to drag my poor country into this terrible ashenedn He stopped to ask the porter if there were letters for him. I list the stories just as much to jog my own memory later on. I like Keats and Wordsworth and Verlaine and Goethe. He took pains to be extremely civil to Ashenden. It all looks very good to ashendrn.

He had begun by taking off his hat when he met her, and she had given him a stiff bow, then he had addressed her and she had answered with such brevity that it was evident that she wished to have nothing much to do with him. When he went into the dining-room it was already full. It was the first book I read by W. Anyhow, you had better get back to Geneva.

Jan 03, Val rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Prince sat in silence, looking at Ashenden quietly mauggham under his heavy eyelids. He was fond of England; he danced well, rode well and shot well; people said he was more English than the English. This and the unwrinkled sallow face, combined with his dandified dress, gave soemrset an appearance that was at first glance a trifle horrifying.

Ashenden, longing for a cosy meal in his own room, in slippers mauhham with a book leaned up against a reading-lamp, was about to refuse when it occurred to him that under the circumstances it might be discreet to show himself in the dining-room that night. He made them himself with a twist of the finger, a lick of his tongue and incredible celerity.

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