Liza of Lambeth, Chapter Three

It’s more of the same in terms of pacing. Maugham’s doing a brief vignette a chapter; this chapter it’s Sunday and Liza hangs out with a friend for a bit after arguing with her mother. Then she talks to the married dude who kissed her in the first chapter and goes back home to cook dinner. Very mellow; Maugham almost entirely relies on dialogue. There’s some character sketches, but not much scenery. He’s got some long sentences, but none of the “but” sentences or wonky use of tense he had in the two previous chapters. His prose is somewhat rough here, which adds a certain charm.

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