Liza of Lambeth, Chapter Two

It’s a gentle introduction to Liza and more of the specifics of her life. Her mother attempts to be overbearing, Liza’s got a beau she doesn’t want, the fellow who kissed her in the last chapter has a wife and five kids. But at least she doesn’t have work the next day. It’s a decent enough chapter—the most distinct parts aren’t the lengthy dialogue exchanges, rather Liza’s patient reactions to the world around her. With the exception of the dialect in dialogue, which is annoying, the chapter reminds me why I like Maugham—for better or worse. For example, there’s a whole paragraph with a “but” clause in every sentence.

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