Maugham devotes many chapters in the book to describing the physical and personality traits of both major and minor characters. For example he details Mr. Garstin in Chapter 6, Kitty in Chapter 8, Mother Superior in Chapter 41, and other characters in many other chapters. Students should select one of these descriptions and draw a portrait of that character based on Maugham's description.
The Painted Veil has been adapted into several commercial films. At the conclusion of the novel invite students to view one of the films on their own and then write short paper comparing the novel with the movie, or show selected scenes in class and as a class discuss how Maugham's literary tools were translated into visual depictions.
Walter's dying words are a line from the poem Goldsmith's Elegy. It is assumed he quoted this poem because of how the plot related...
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