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The novel under consideration was written by William Somerset Maugham in 1925. The author is a famous British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s.
There are some other famous works written by W. Somerset Maugham such as: “Theatre”, “The Hero”, “The Hour Before the Dawn” etc.
The title of this novel is taken from a piece of sonnet by Percy Byshe Shelley that begins with “Lift not the painted veil which those who live/call life.” By the word “Veil” in the title the author shows the reader that “there is something covered up” in the story. The plot of the book is very tricky. But there is a great depth in meaning in the novel, which is finaly hiding from an inattentive reader. “The Painted Veil” is a romantic drama about a couple with a broken relationship. It is full of valuable lessons about life, love and sacrifice.
Its main message is a critique of society, its shallowness and selfishness. Maugham clearly demonstrates how people are so concerned with social standards and keeping to those standards, that they will act in a heartless manner. He shows how people have got used to think that marriage should involve social status and wealth rather than happiness and love.
The events in the analysed text happen in Hong Kong, China. The setting of the events in the given text is romantic. The story begins with the scene which take the narrative back in time from the current point of the story.
Somerset Maugham uses a third-person narration, who is the point-of-view in this story, where Kitty is the focal character.
Some important characters we meet in the novel under analysis are: Kitty Garstin/Fane, Walter Fane, Charlie Townsend.
Kitty Garstin/Fane is an Englishwoman, who comes from a very proper family.

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