The Summing Up, LXV

Maugham’s metaphysical survey begins with his realization he was only in the Church of England because he went to live in England after his parents died. Had he gone to Germany, he might have ended up Catholic. He never says the word atheist in the chapter; it’s not clear if he’s trying to avoid it or if he’s going to still believe in some kind of mysticism. Maybe the most interesting part—since he doesn’t provide any significant detail for his encounters with those undoubtedly damned German Catholics—is when he talks about writing Of Human Bondage and how he rewrote the chapter about Carey losing his faith. The way Maugham describes it almost suggests he didn’t edit the chapter based on feedback, just rewrote the whole thing. A lot is making sense.

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