Title: Ashenden: or, The British Agent Author: Maugham, W. Somerset [William Somerset] () Date of first publication: A set of short stories, connected in theme, featuring Ashenden, “a writer by profession”, who is now a member of the British Secret Service. Like Ian Fleming . Ashenden; or, the British Agent, by W. Somerset Maugham is not the first secret agent novel in English. Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent.

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Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham, from Project Gutenberg Canada

I’ve never seen a better bit of steel in my life, it takes an edge like a razor and it’s strong; you can cut a cigarette-paper with it and you can hew down an oak. Instead, one gets hte of people: He seems as vain as a peacock. He got another bottle out of his bag, with a spray attached to it, and squeezing a bulb covered his shirt and coat with a fine cloud of scent, did the same to his handkerchief, and then with a beaming face, like a man who has done his duty by the world and is well pleased, turned to Ashenden and said:.

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The Prince sat in silence, looking at Ashenden quietly from under his heavy eyelids. It flashed across him that if the detective asked him such a question it was because he had no shadow of proof that he was engaged in any illegal practice. Even though most have no major climaxes, I think there is still a flow in them that, knowing the end, would disrupt the enjoyment of the telling of the tale.

Ashenden reflected that had he known anything of the technique of the theatre Bernard would have been aware that it was useless to make a gesture that had no ulterior meaning.


We know from history that Britain failed in its attempt to keep Russia in asbenden war.

Ashenden went to the market agemt nine when the housewives of Geneva for the most part had done their provisioning, stopped in front of the basket by the side of which, rain or wind, hot or cold, sat that indomitable creature and bought half a pound of butter. The score against him mounted up and up till he had lost something like a thousand francs, britizh at that time was a tidy sum.

In his rather shabby uniform, his tunic unbuttoned, he looked a slovenly creature beside the neat and well-dressed Mexican. It was from a lady staying in the hotel asking him to play bridge after dinner and was signed in the continental fashion Baronne de Higgins.

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This book is founded on my experiences in the Intelligence Department during the war, but rearranged for the purposes of fiction. It makes perfect sense that he’d have done it at Churchill’s suggestion–what I read seems to indicate that’s all it was, though.

There were no sleeping-cars, but a number of people got out and he took two seats in a first-class carriage. Chris 7 March at During his return with the laundry, Harrington is killed in ashejden street riot.

Maugham supposedly destroyed them because they were considered too politically sensitive and violated England’s Official Secrets Act. They start and stop suddenly without a classic climax. All I could induce her to do was to consent to dine with me the following night ashfnden the same terms.

This was really an insult to the intelligence. Love and Russian Literature – We get a glimpse of some passion in Ashenden’s past. I tell him he can have just ashehden many as I if he will only listen to me.

Pertanto lo scrittore che volesse narrare senza abbellimenti di sorta la vera vita di un agente segreto, scriverebbe un racconto insignificante. He wondered whether R.


Ashenden: or, The British Agent

But I was delayed and when I arrived La Marqueza told me that the girl had said she was not used to being kept waiting and had gone. Chris 10 March at He lost game after game. The porter gave a discreet smile. My conscience is at ease. It did not matter whether what he said was true ashenxen not, for those sonorous phrases of his were fruity with the rich-distilled perfumes of romance.

While he talked with the Pasha and the beautiful Austrian he was conscious that the watchful eyes of Prince Ali were upon him, and he had an uneasy suspicion that they read too much of his thoughts. She slipped the note into his hand when he was given change for ten francs and he sauntered away. It was possible that a frown for an instant darkened the Mexican’s brow at the abrupt question that seemed a little contemptuously to brush to one side his eloquent statement, but he gave no other sign of displeasure.

Ashenden: or, The British Agent

The hotel was old-fashioned and the sitting-room was vast. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style. Curiouser and curiouser– http: His yellow skin had the smoothness of a woman’s and he had britishh eyebrows nor eyelashes; he wore a pale brown wig, rather long, and the locks were arranged in artistic disorder.

If you need his advice of course you can ask for it.