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Who are the characters in  Mr Know All by William Somerset Maugham?

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nguyennguyen1885 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 18, 2013 at 2:17 PM via web

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Who are the characters in  Mr Know All by William Somerset Maugham?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM (Answer #1)

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In Mr Know-All there is Max Kelada, after whom the story is named. The narrator of the story has judged Mr Kelada just from his name and does not look forward to sharing a cabin with him on the ship. "I should have looked upon it with less dismay if my fellow passenger`s name had been Smith or Brown." The narrator is not named throughout.

The narrator observes Mr Kelada's flamboyant personality and feels almost crowded by his presence which is felt throughout the ship. It is also as if Mr Kelada owes him some measure of respect when he really means superiority! He is irritated by Mr Kelada's familiarity and would have expected him to "put "mister" before my name."

There is a doctor who features only in so much as they share his table at dinner and then there is Elmer and Mrs Ramsey. Mr Kelada manages to protect Mrs Ramsey's apparent secret from her unsuspecting husband, proving his worth and making the narrator question himself as Mr Kelada acted nobly and suffered embarrassment just to protect the honor of a stranger. "At that moment I did not entirely dislike Mr Kelada." 

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