The Painted Veil, Chapter Three

It’s an even shorter chapter. Lead Kitty goes out on the verandah and thinks about her life and affair. Not much of either, actually, mostly she just thinks about how much she doesn’t like her lover’s wife. The lover gets a name—Charlie—as does his wife, Dorothy. Kitty’s got some class jealousy going on, which is fine. Maugham writes it well. All of it, though his brief details on how Kitty lives—practically speaking—in Hong Kong could be more verbose. It’s active, his setting exposition, and strong. You want more of it. It’d be nice if the chapter weren’t so short too, frankly. He’s trying to be way too controlling with how the reader gets introduced to Kitty, who is presumably the protagonist.

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