The Painted Veil Topics for Discussion

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Compare and contrast the characters of Walter and Mr. Garstin, and their respective relationships to Kitty.

What is the quality the nuns have which distinguishes them from everyone else in Kitty's mind?

Is the novel an endorsement of Christianity?

What is Maugham's attitude towards Eastern religions, as depicted in this book? What is the significance of this?

What is the significance of Walter's dying words?

Explain the relationship between Waddington and Kitty.

Why is Kitty so upset when she has sex with Charlie after returning to Hong Kong?

What is the new path Kitty has discovered that is mentioned in the closing words of the novel?

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