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Rain Summary
W. Somerset Maugham

Everything you need to understand or teach Rain by W. Somerset Maugham.

  • Rain Summary & Study Guide
  • 30 Rain Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
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  • ...and more

Rain Summary

Plot Summary

The short story Rain relates the events transpiring within a two-week period between a small group of English and American travelers in the South Pacific island of Tutuila. The primary plot details how one of the characters, an arrogant and self-righteous Christian missionary, attempts to reform another character, whom he mistakenly assumes is a common prostitute. The missionary uses his considerable political influence to control the situation and eventually spends several days alone with the alleged prostitute, cleansing her soul of sin. In the end, the woman seduces the missionary, who subsequently commits suicide rather than facing a suddenly uncertain future.

Dr. and Mrs. Macphail are traveling to Upolu by ship. They are accompanied on the long voyage by Mr. and Mrs. Davidson, missionaries returning to their designated area which includes some islands in the South Pacific. The ship is unexpectedly detained at Tutuila for a fortnight due...

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Study Pack

The Rain Study Pack contains about 41 pages of study material in 10 products, including:

Rain Study Guide

Lesson Plan

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Rain Lesson Plans contain 83 pages of teaching material, including:

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