Title: Ashenden: or, The British Agent Author: Maugham, W. Somerset [William Somerset] () Date of first publication: Buy Ashenden, or, The British Agent New Ed by William Somerset Maugham ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free . Ashenden was written by Somerset Maugham and published in It was loosely based on Somerset Maugham’s experiences as an MI6 agent during World.

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Indeed this old lady looked so bland and innocent, with her corpulence, her fat red face, and her smiling good-natured mouth, it would have been a very astute detective who could imagine that if he took the trouble to put his hand deep down between those voluminous breasts of hers, he would find a little piece or paper that would land in the dock an honest somsrset woman who kept her son out of the trenches by taking this risk and an English writer approaching middle-age.

And don’t forget it.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham (1928)

Although,i must admit that I liked some of the stories-especially the vivid and poignant descriptions of love and doomed passion. You can give me a look in when you get up. Jul 19, Judy rated it it was ok Shelves: His spies had told him of late nothing that signified.

Maugham himself actually did serve in British Intelligence during the Great War and based these stories to a considerable extent on his own experiences.

The Hairless Mexican opened his bag again and from a corner extracted a greasy pack of French cards. Somerville has a diplomatic passport so that he can get it through with his own things at the frontier without examination if you like. One specific tic is his habit of inserting a subordinate clause in the middle of a sentence highlighted in italics in the examples given above and below.

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The spy was a stocky little fellow, shabbily dressed, with a bullet-shaped head, close-cropped, fair, with shifty blue eyes and a sallow skin. The day before, ashendn incident had occurred that had left him on his guard.


Out of the social scene he uses his cover as a playwright to interact with his street runners — the poor and down at heel. When he meets his boss, R.

The air was grey with smoke, since the aahenden, finding it long to wait for him, had been smoking strong and inexpensive cigars.

The lives of all of us were in her hands and I knew that if she left that room in twenty-four hours we should be dead men. She dressed fantastically in asyenden clothes that looked as though they had been bought higgledy-piggledy from an old-clothes shop and in the daytime she wore enormous, extravagantly girlish hats. Ashenden had good enough cards, but the General seemed notwithstanding always to have better. It also tells us about the general interest in Russia at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.

I asked him to hold the train for me if I was delayed and suggested that somersef government might see its way to conferring an order on him. He left the three together to discuss the situation and retired not a little mystified. When Ashenden arrives in Geneva the British governess of an Egyptian prince refuses his friendship.


Ashenden: Or the British Agent – Wikipedia

Ashenden does not revel in the successful ones; the way the stories are told always recognises that there is a cost. Ashenden sighed, for the water was no longer quite so hot; he could not reach the tap with his hand nor could he turn it with his toes as every properly regulated tap should turn and if he got up enough to add more hot water he might just as well get out altogether. To spend time in the company of his writing is always a delight and this is a wonderful, ashendrn set of stories — told with typical British reserve — but perhaps mauvham more moving because of the understatement.

The ending of this story left me quite sad, which might have been what Maugham wanted. Presently she came back with the answer that the girl would come on the condition that I allowed her to go home immediately after dinner.


Watch the Top Trailers of I simply cannot fall in love with a maughm of stories even interconnected ones. I am a good-natured fellow and I do not mind if women are capricious and teasing, that is part of their charm, so with a laugh I sent her a note of a hundred duros and promised that on the following day I would be punctual.

It was inevitable that Jack the Ripper should escape unless he was caught in the act. It might be that knowing he was a British agent the Prince and his secretary had desired to see him in order to find out what sort of person he was. Somerville,” said the Mexican. It was a distinct movement. It was intensely hot. I took off the diamond ring I was wearing and told the old woman to give her that and see whether it would induce her to change her mind.

In almost every sentence this sense of superiority oozes. I wouldn’t tell him more about asbenden than you find absolutely necessary. One plays cards to win money and there is no sense in losing. Ashenden is supposedly modelled on him during this time. The moment he realizes he’s been used to get a man he likes sent to a firing squad was probably the most memorable for me.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Somerset Maugham Reading Challenge 41 39 May 22, The incidents described in the stories are modelled on Maugham’s experiences as a secret agent, and “the central character, Ashenden, is very much an autobiographical character.

She tripped along in very small smart shoes with very high heels. Ashenden found the flamboyance of this strange creature, with his scented handkerchief and his gold bracelet, very much to his taste.

For more info see: I can tell you many stories that will interest you; I am sure that we shall get on well together.