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Collected Short Stories Volume Three Summary
W. Somerset Maugham

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

  • Collected Short Stories Volume Three Summary & Study Guide
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Collected Short Stories Volume Three Summary

Characters

Ashendenappears in Various Stories

Ashenden is an English writer who is approached by R. at a party in London, England. When Ashenden meets with R. he is given the opportunity to work for the British government as a spy for the British Intelligence Department. Since he is a writer, Ashenden will be able to pass back and forth into enemy territory without raising suspicions. In a way Ashenden is an alter personality of author Maugham. In fact, in the preface of his book Maugham indicates the character of Ashenden is loosely based on himself and his own experiences as a spy in World War I.

Ashenden is both the writer and narrator of these stories. All of the stories are written from Ashenden's point of view. Ashenden describes himself as one who observes human nature and does not become tied up in relationships and expectations. Ashenden demonstrates this...

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