The Narrow Corner, xv

Maugham finds a more traditional third person for this chapter. Nothing too close to the doctor for most of it, only bringing in the observations in the second half once the setting has been established. The ship has docked, so there’s description of the island. Then the doctor, captain, and fugitive all disembark and there’s a mix of their action walking around the island and the description of what they see. Maugham doesn’t care about sentence variety—they either start with “they” or “it.” He’s hurrying to get to introducing a new character, a Danish guy who quotes Shakespeare to the principals and gives them someone else to have a conversation with. The Narrow Corner is moving faster and faster.

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