The Painted Veil [E–pub/E–book]


The Painted Veil

W. Somerset Maugham ´ 3 free read summary Ù eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ W. Somerset Maugham The Painted Veil review å 103 Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love starved Kitty FaneWhen her husband discovers her adulterous affair he forces her to a. This was so goodThe Painted Veil first published in 1925 is now considered a classic That fact combined with the cover description and the reviews had me switching into classic reading mode I tend to approach classics with a different frame of mind and a greater tolerance for slow moving plots complex language and characters I cannot relate to that much As it happens I need not have bothered This book hooked me from the very first page where Kitty is caught in the bedroom with her lover and it kept me interested right the way through From the delving into Kitty s recent past and her mother s insistence that she marry as soon as possible to Kitty s relationship with an intelligent and shy man who genuinely loves her but she cannot love back to the middle of a cholera epidemic that challenges Kitty s views on life and love Her character development is astounding how she goes from being an annoyingly fickle and selfish young women to one who sees the world in a new light and gains a certain wisdom that is only achieved through facing and overcoming hardshipMuch about this story reminds me of Gone With the Wind though thankfully not the length It s the same idea of an immature and self centred young woman being unable to appreciate the love of the man by their side until it s too late They would prefer to fawn over a married man who will never treat them seriously and yet they are so shocked to discover that their beauty cannot get them everything they want Both Kitty and Scarlet are extremely spoiled and vain so used to getting what they want that they are unprepared when life suddenly treats them unkindly But they do both manage to change and grow stronger as wellIt s also a very sad novel I find it sad how Walter was willing to overlook the fact that Kitty didn t like him at all just so he could have the chance to love her He was so sweet and kind The ending well the bit just before is also sad but necessary in order for Kitty to become the person she doesI think Kitty s state of mind at the end is an important statement about women at this pivotal point in history Women have got the vote but still very few options in life Here Kitty learns an important lesson that it is far beneficial for everyone if girls are raised to be open minded and independent human beings instead of just men s wives Overall this is a very interesting exploration of people and the relationships between men and women it definitely won t be the last I read by W Somerset MaughamBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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W. Somerset Maugham ´ 3 free read summary Ù eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ W. Somerset Maugham The Painted Veil review å 103 Lled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love The Painted Veil is a beautifully written affirmation of the human capacity to grow to change and to forgiv. The Painted Veil is W Somerset Maugham on speed dial Published in 1925 it falls between two masterworks I ve read from the prolific British novelist and playwright Of Human Bondage in 1915 and The Razor s Edge in 1944 and while providing snapshots of well developed characters and a compelling story that spans the globe it s a triumph of telling over showing and in many ways feels like the treatment for a movie than it does a complete novel But Maugham in a slower gear is compelling than ninety five percent of fiction out thereThe story gets off to an exciting start in the city of Hong Kong where a British national named Kitty Fane is interrupted from post coital afternoon bliss with a charismatic Assistant Colonial Secretary named Charlie Townsend when she hears someone in her house Incredulous that it could be Kitty s husband who is supposed to be at work the couple watch as the white china knobs of the windows slowly turn from someone trying to get in Townsend reassures Kitty that it was probably a servant but she is alarmed when her lover tells her that he left his topee downstairs uestioning her boy servant Kitty learns that her husband Walter was indeed in the houseMoving back in time two years to London Kitty Garstin is a footloose bachelorette in South Kensington Her father is a solicitor of moderate ambition while her mother is an unabashed social climber dripping with it Kitty has inherited the beauty and charm that her younger sister Doris lacks and rather than accept her numerous marriage proposals takes her time in choosing her future At twenty five she is stunned when eighteen year old Doris becomes engaged to a prosperous surgeon In a panic Kitty agrees to marry Walter Fane also a doctor but a painfully shy inhibited one Kitty is vaguely familiar with socially despite the fact that he seems to be in love with her He was not her type at all He was short but not thick set slight rather and thin dark and clean shaven with very regular clean cut features His eyes were almost black but not large they were not very mobile and they rested on objects with a singular persistence they were curious but not very pleasant eyes With his straight delicate nose his fine brow and well shaped mouth he ought to have been good looking But surprisingly enough he was not When Kitty began to think of him at all she was surprised that he should have such good features when you took them one by one His expression was slightly sarcastic and now that Kitty knew him better she realized that she was not uite at ease with him He had no gaietyWalter is a bacteriologist who has a job in Hong Kong he s leaving for in the autumn Kitty has little idea what that means but knows that with Doris marrying in November Kitty could be on her way to the Far East while her sister s lavish wedding is taking place Two years later Kitty is pleased by Walter s doting on her with gifts or attention but also bemused with few if any other husbands she observes deferring so politely to their wives Walter shuns social events and has few friends Kitty is bored in Hong Kong until she meets Charlie Townsend at a tea party and is instantly charmed by the tall dark handsome and married politicianScheduling their trysts upstairs of a curio shop Kitty ultimately invites Charlie into her own bed while Walter should be at work Charlie reassures her that even if Walter suspects infidelity the doctor will be too cowardly to admit it He pledges to stand by Kitty Unable to take the guilt much longer she s finally summoned by her husband for a talk He announces that he s accepted a job at Mei tan fu on a tributary of the Western River where a cholera outbreak has left the town without a foreign doctor Walter expects Kitty to accompany him and if she refuses intends to file his petition for divorce believing only a humiliation would compel Charlie Townsend to leave his wife and marry Kitty Walter agrees to consent to Kitty s wish for a divorce if Mrs Townsend assures him that she ll divorce Charlie and that he ll marry Kitty within two weeks Kitty runs to Charlie and implores him to leave his wife but with his reputation at stake he s in favor of her traveling with Walter declaring that if she takes precautions the cholera epidemic can be survived Certain her husband intends for her to die Kitty is transported to Mei tan fu with him overland on chairs Arriving at the town Kitty befriends the boyishly droll British customs agent Waddington and ultimately the graceful Mother Superior in charge of the convent where the orphaned and sick are cared for Kitty impressed she hardly knew why observed the grave lady who asked her these amiable uestions She was dressed in white and the only color on her habit was the red heart that burned on her breast She was a woman of middle age she might have been forty or fifty it was impossible to say for there were few wrinkles on her smooth pale face and you received the impression that she was far from young chiefly from the dignity of her bearing her assurance and the emaciation of her strong and beautiful hands The face was long with a large mouth and large even teeth the nose though not small was delicate and sensitive but it was the eyes under their thin black brows which gave her face its intense and tragic character They were very large black and though not exactly cold by their calm steadiness strangely compelling Your first thought when you looked at the Mother Superior was that as a girl she must have been beautiful but in a moment you realized that this was a woman whose beauty depending on character had grown with advancing years Her voice was deep low and controlled and whether she spoke in English or in French she spoke slowly But the most striking thing about her was the air she had of authority tempered by Christian charity you felt in her the habit of command To be obeyed was natural to her but she accepted obedience with humility You could not fail to see that was deeply conscious of the authority of the church which upheld her But Kitty ha da surmise that notwithstanding her austere demeanor she had for human frailty a human tolerance and it was impossible to look at her grave smile when she listened to Waddington unabashed talking nonsense without being sure that she had a lively sense of the ridiculousWhile reading The Painted Veil I was reminded of a charcoal sketch by a great artist stripped of color or tone and focusing on something much specific than the vibrant paintings I ve enjoyed by that same artist Maugham is remarkably skilled at unraveling stories that carry his characters across vast distances while never losing sight that the inner journey is what s important Here he explores the education of a bride who having never learned what integrity honor or love are has to learn them when she leaves home The characters are well developed and both the language and dialogue Maugham uses to reveal them are a pleasure The first time she was alone with Waddington she brought the conversation around to Charlie Waddington had spoken of him on the evening of their arrival She pretended that he was no than an acuaintance of her husbandI never cared for him said Waddington I ve always thought him a boreYou must be very hard to please returned Kitty in the bright chaffing way she could assume so easily I suppose he s far and away the most popular man in Hong KongI know That is his stock in trade He s made a science of popularity He has a gift of making every one he meets feel that he is the one person in the world he wants to see He s always ready to do a service that isn t any trouble to himself and even if he doesn t do what you want he manages to give you the impression that it s only because it s not humanly possibleThat is surely an attractive traitCharm and nothing but charm at last grows a little tiresome I think It s a relief then to deal with a man who isn t uite so delightful but a little sincere I ve known Charlie Townsend for a good many years and once or twice I ve caught him with the mask off you see I never mattered just a subordinate official in the Customs and I know that he doesn t in his heart give damn for any one in the world but himselfKitty lounging easily in her chair looked at him with smiling eyes She turned her wedding ring round and round her fingerOf course he ll get on He knows all the official ropes Before I die I have every belief that I shall address him as Your Excellency and stand up when he enters the roomMost people think he deserves to get on He s generally supposed to have a great deal of abilityAbility What nonsense He s a very stupid man He gives you the impression that he dashes off his work and gets it through from sheer brilliancy Nothing of the kind He s as industrious as a Eurasian clerkHow has he got the reputation for being so cleverThere are many foolish people in the world and when a man in a rather high position puts on no frills slaps them on the back and tells them he ll do anything in the world for them they are very likely to think him clever And then of course there s his wife There s an able woman if you like She has a good sound head and her advice is always worth taking As long as Charlie Townsend s got her to depend on he s pretty safe never to do a foolish thing and that s the first thing necessary for a man to get on in Government service They don t want clever men clever men have ideas and ideas cause trouble they want men who have charm and tact and who can be counted on never to make a blunder Oh yes Charlie Townsend will get to the top of the tree all rightI wonder why you dislike himI don t dislike himBut you like his wife better smiled KittyI m an old fashioned man and I like a well bred womanI wish she were well dressed as well as well bredDoesn t she dress well I never noticedI ve always heard that they were a devoted couple said Kitty watching him through her eyelashesHe s very fond of her I will give him that credit I think that is the most decent thing about himCold praiseHe has his little flirtations but they re not serious He s much too cunning to let them go to such lengths as might cause him inconvenience And of course he isn t a passionate man he s only a vain one He likes admiration He s fat and forty now he does himself too well but he was very good looking when he first came to the Colony I ve often heard his wife chaff him about his conuestsShe doesn t take his flirtations very seriouslyOh no she knows they don t go very far She says she d like to be able to make friends of the poor little things who fall to Charlie but they re always so common She says it s really not very flattering to her that the women who fall in love with her husband are so uncommonly second rateWhat holds The Painted Veil back from being perfect is how slight a volume it is Maugham who wrote twenty novels and twenty five plays almost teases the reader with how lush and epic a story he could ve written before rushing through it with a great deal of telling whether than showing It s never very clear what Walter s work is or his relationship with the Chinese military who have the town under marital law Another way of looking at the novel is that the author is focused on the inner journey of the characters not travelogue and gives the reader enough keys to unlock those doors themselves W Somerset Maugham 1874 1965 has had his work translated to film almost as many times as Stephen King going back to 1917 and The Painted Veil has been filmed twice In 1934 MGM made it a vehicle for Greta Garbo who played an Austrian rather than British bride named Katrin Koerber Fane In 2006 a sensual and haunting adaptation starred Naomi Watts as Kitty Fane Edward Norton as Walter Fane Liev Schreiber as Charlie Townsend Toby Jones as Waddington and Diana Rigg as Mother Superior The screenplay by Ron Nyswaner took greater effort to explore both China and the Kitty Walter relationship than even Maugham had It s a very overlooked movie

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W. Somerset Maugham ´ 3 free read summary Ù eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ W. Somerset Maugham The Painted Veil review å 103 Ccompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong she is compe. Resentment s Presentiment The time will come When you ll be blue Your cheatin heart will tell on youHank Williams 1952 You ll look for me but baby I ll be goneThis is all I gotta say to you woman Your time is gonna comeLed Zeppelin 1969The English word resent or resentment comes from the Old French resentir meaning to feel again feel in turn 13c That is to replay feeling again and again thoughts and emotions arising from a past negative event For example wife learns husband was unfaithful then envisions hubs and his lover in bed doing really naughty things and laughing at and ridiculing her visions she projects in her mind s eye each time with sensational new variations daily over the following months so that these scenes transform into a warped and sickening reality to herThe Painted Veil is Somerset Maugham s calamitous case study on the travesties begotten by a faithless heartless wife who is frankly gullible to the charms of a cocksure cad and indifferent to her caring cuckold s emotional pain and at least at first to his poisonous resentment The worst the least curable hatred is that which has superseded deep love EuripidesKitty Fane ruthlessly ridicules her husband Dr Walter Fane to her lover as she dreams of marrying this cad she can t see is playing her Though the husband Walter loves Kitty still after he finds out of the affair his jaundiced need to get even goads him into taking her on his mission to rural China into the heart of the cholera epidemic Prior to departing for China he asks her How can I be reasonable To me our love was everything and you were my whole life It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode I know that you re selfish selfish beyond words and I know that you haven t the nerve of a rabbit I know you re a liar and a humbug I know that you re utterly contemptible And the tragic part is her face was on a sudden distraught with pain the tragic part is that notwithstanding I love you with all my heart Nonetheless off they go Dr Fane works selflessly around the clock to save the cholera afflicted Kitty awakens late to the fallacy of the fornical fantasia and to the spinelessness of her muscled lover who check it was only interested in getting a lil sompin sompin She undergoes a personal transformation among all the sickness surrounding her in this foreign land finding her moral compass and seeking forgiveness from her husband as resentment consumes himMaugham couldn t have found a perfect setting for exploring the most disastrous of tragedies to a living marriage Maugham sets up a plethora of symbols on the after effects of infidelity to contrast with society s notions of a husband and wifeA super potent novel

  • Paperback
  • 246
  • The Painted Veil
  • W. Somerset Maugham
  • English
  • 02 May 2018
  • 9780307277770

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