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The Lotus Eater

I would like to know the plot of the short story entitled "The Lotus Eater."

Like many of Maugham's other short stories, "The Lotus Eater" is a study of an unusual character he claims to have met in his travels. Thomas Wilson is a very ordinary Englishman who falls in love...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

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Explain the character of Thomas Wilsom in Somerset Maugham's "The Lotus Eater."

Somerset Maugham was a successful author of plays in his early career. He specialized in the same kind of light comedy as Oscar Wilde. At a critical point in his life he found that the public was...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013 11:18 pm UTC

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"Perhaps he died of the beauty of the sight ."-explain the line from Somerset Maugham's "The Lotus- Eater"

The concluding sentences of "The Lotus Eater" read as follows: Wilson had died in the moonlight. He died looking out over the beautiful bay of Naples that he loved so much. It would be far too...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2013 11:22 pm UTC

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What is the basic flaw in Thomas Wilson's planning in Somerset Maugham's story "The Lotus Eater"?

Thomas Wilson was the manager of a branch bank in England. He tells the narrator: "This is the most beautiful place in the world. . . . . I was on holiday in Italy at the time. I took a boat from...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2013 9:40 pm UTC

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Do you support Wilson in Somerset Maugham's "The Lotus Eater"?

This is an intriguing question--and no doubt it hits on what makes Maugham's story so interesting. I would be strongly tempted to follow Wilson's example under the same circumstances. However, I...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2013 10:51 pm UTC

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Themes of "The Lotus Eater."

Even the best-laid plans are often disrupted and ruined by the passage of time. Wilson, the retired bank manager, learns this lesson to his cost in Maugham's “The Lotus Eater.” At the young age of...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2020 8:23 am UTC

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How does the oleander tree outside Wilson's house figure in "The Lotus Eater"? It is mentioned twice. The Oleander...

In my text of Maugham's story "The Lotus Eater" I find no mention of the word "oleander." Maugham's description of Wilson's cottage includes the following sentences: There was a huge flowering...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2013 11:09 am UTC

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