Of Human Bondage (Signet Classics) by W. Somerset Maugham

By W. Somerset Maugham

From an orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable younger guy with a voracious urge for food for experience and data. Then he falls obsessively in love, embarking on a disastrous dating that might switch his lifestyles without end.

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She's his godmother, sir. D'you think Mrs. " The doctor shook his head. II It was a week later. Philip was sitting on the floor in the drawing-room at Miss Watkin's house in Onslow gardens. He was an only child and used to amusing himself. The room was filled with massive furniture, and on each of the sofas were three big cushions. There was a cushion too in each arm-chair. All these he had taken and, with the help of the gilt rout chairs, light and easy to move, had made an elaborate cave in which he could hide himself from the Red Indians who were lurking behind the curtains.

I don't think it matters this once if you put the prayer-book on the top, Mary Ann," he said. "The book of Common Prayer is the composition of men like ourselves. " "I hadn't thought of that, William," said Aunt Louisa. Philip perched himself on the books, and the Vicar, having said grace, cut the top off his egg. " Philip would have liked an egg to himself, but he was not offered one, so took what he could. " asked the Vicar. " asked his uncle. " Mr. Carey always had a boiled egg at tea on Sunday, so that he might be fortified for the evening service.

Then they walked slowly back. They looked into the post office to get the right time, nodded to Mrs. Wigram the doctor's wife, who sat at her window sewing, and so got home. Dinner was at one o'clock; and on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday it consisted of beef, roast, hashed, and minced, and on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of mutton. On Sunday they ate one of their own chickens. In the afternoon Philip did his lessons, He was taught Latin and mathematics by his uncle who knew neither, and French and the piano by his aunt.

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