By Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was an English novelist, short story writer and playwright. After an education at King's School, Canterbury, and Heildelberg University in Germany, Maugham became a medical student at St. Thomas Hospital, London. While training to be a doctor Maugham worked as an obstetric clerk in the slums of Lambeth. He used these experiences to help him write his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897). His clear, lucid and economical style with cynical or resigned undertone makes easy reading his short stories. He wrote many works including such well-known ones as The Magician (1908), Of Human Bondage (1915), The Moon and Sixpence (1919), Cakes and Ale (1930) and The Razor's Edge (1944). One of his famous short stories is “The Escape”.
The text under consideration begins with a key sentence which contains the whole content of the story in the folded form. There is no introduction where the writer gives a splendid description of landscape which generally gets readers interested and becomes involved into the plot. Any introduction which may occupy more place than one key sentence doesn’t contain any personal names, geographical names and even historical dates. Every writer and author does his best to focus the reader’s attention on the beautiful description of some place, which comes from his imagination. The story begins with the introduction of some names, Roger Charing and Ruth Barlow in particular. We must also point the fact that Maugham made a kind of psychological investigation of mails’ inner world who were and are in a hurry to extricate themselves. If a woman made up her mind to marry him, according to the narrator, one of his friends realizing danger and inevitable loom of taking actions managed to escape. It was Roger Charing. The protagonist of the story is Roger Charing, who was no longer young. May be over 30, wasn’t poor but rich. Who has had sufficient experience in love affairs;...
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