It’s sort of a meandering little chapter. Maugham starts it talking about how one’s supposed to conduct themselves without a God, but then he gets lost in complaining about someone’s egotism. Maugham complaining about egotism. It’s kind of cute. Maugham’s not really doing anything with it; it’s a bridging chapter, perhaps. He also talks about how the common person lives without considers the human condition—which is a preferable fate to having to think about it all the time—but it’s just a slight diversion before the egotism. It’s a short chapter, in a solid section of the book, it gets a bit of a pass.