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The Painted Veil Summary
W. Somerset Maugham

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The Painted Veil Summary

Plot Summary

After basically ruining her marriage with an affair, Kitty accompanies her husband, Walter, to Mei-tan-fu, a Chinese province afflicted with a cholera epidemic. There, amid death and misery, Kitty sees in a convent of French nuns great examples of self-sacrifice and the kind of happiness she had always wanted.

Kitty, an Englishwoman, had been pressured from a young age to marry well by her mother, who tried to overcome her own sense of failure through her daughters. Kitty shared these social ambitions but could never find the right mate. Out of desperation, she married Walter Fane, a scientist, and returned with him to Hong Kong where he conducted his work. Kitty was never happy in her marriage, and thus she finds herself in an adulterous affair with Charlie Townsend, a man of some influence and status in Hong Kong. When Walter finds out, he asks Kitty to either...

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