The Narrow Corner, iii

Maugham wants the reader’s trust. He wants to tell the story a certain way, with a certain type of prose, but it requires the reader to go along with it. The third chapter of Narrow Corner basically just gets the reader to buy in to the idea of the Dr. Saunders as the protagonist. Maugham, the author, the creator of the world, he wants you and me, the readers, go commit. It’s something of a strange way of doing it—the chapter has all these unfulfilled promises just so Maugham can do this intense description and pass it off as the good doctor’s. Some beautiful overuse of “and” too. I like Maugham’s tricks. A personality is occasionally an appropriate thing for a narrative to have.

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