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By W. Somerset Maugham

Now a big movie from united states motion pictures starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sean Penn, and director Philip Haas (director of Angels and Insects).

In Up on the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham portrays a filthy rich younger English lady who unearths herself faced really brutally by means of the repercussions of whimsy.

On the day her older and wealthy pal asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and comes to a decision to put off her answer a couple of days.  But using into the hills above Florence on my own that night, Mary deals a journey to a good-looking stranger.  And all of sudden, her existence is completely, irrevocably altered.

For this stranger is a refugee of battle, and he harbors multiple type of passion.  Before morning, Mary will witness bloodshed, she's going to be pressured to hunt recommendation and the aid of an unsavory guy, and she or he should face the reality approximately her personal yearnings.  Erotic, haunting, and maddeningly suspenseful, Up on the Villa is a masterful story of temptation and the capricious nature of destiny.

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How may still I? ” She paused for some time prior to she responded. “Before he went away at the present time he requested me to. I stated I’d supply him a solution whilst he obtained again. ” “You’re no longer in love with him then? ” Mary slowed up. It seemed as if she desired to speak. “What makes you're thinking that? ” “If you were you wouldn’t have sought after 3 days to imagine it over. You’d have acknowledged definite there after which. ” “I consider that’s actual. No, I’m no longer in love with him. ” “He’s in love with you very well. ” “He was once a chum of my father’s and I’ve identified him all my existence. He was once splendidly variety to me whilst i needed kindness and I’m thankful to him. ” “He has to be two decades older than you. ” “Twenty-four. ” “Are you dazzled by means of the placement he may give you? ” “I daresay. Don’t you're thinking that most ladies will be? in any case, I’m now not inhuman. ” “Do you're thinking that it might be a lot enjoyable to reside with a guy you weren’t in love with? ” “But I don’t wish love. I’m fed to enamel with love. ” She acknowledged this so violently that Rowley was once startled. “That’s a wierd factor to claim at your age. ” They have been good out within the kingdom now, on a slender highway; the complete moon shone down from an unclouded sky. She stopped the automobile. “You see, i used to be head over heels in love with my husband. They informed me i used to be a idiot to marry him; they stated he used to be a gambler and a drunkard; I didn’t care. He sought after me to marry him loads. He had lots of cash then, yet I’d have married him if he hadn’t a cent. You don’t know the way captivating he was once in these days, so reliable to examine, so homosexual and light-hearted. the joys we used to have jointly! He had large energy. He was once so variety and delicate and sweet—when he was once sober. whilst he was once under the influence of alcohol he was once noisy and smug and vulgar and quarrelsome. It used to be extraordinarily distressing; i was so ashamed. I couldn’t be offended with him; he was once so sorry afterwards; he didn’t are looking to drink; whilst he used to be on my own with me he was once as sober as an individual, it was once purely whilst there have been other folks there that he obtained excited, and after or 3 beverages there has been no preserving him; then I used to attend until he was once so blas that he permit me lead him away and eventually i may placed him to mattress. I did every little thing I knew to remedy him, it used to be lifeless; it’s no stable. I don’t think a under the influence of alcohol can ever be cured. and that i was once compelled into the location of nurse and keeper. It aggravated him past patience whilst i attempted to restrain him, yet what else may possibly I do? It was once so tough, I didn’t wish him to appear upon me as a kind of governess, yet I needed to do what i'll to maintain him from ingesting. occasionally I couldn’t aid flying right into a ardour with him after which we’d have an lousy row. you spot, he used to be a dreadful gambler and while he used to be under the influence of alcohol he’d lose thousands of kilos. If he hadn’t died whilst he did he’d have long gone bankrupt and that i must have needed to return to the level to maintain him. because it is i've got a couple of enormous quantities a yr and the bits and items of jewelry he gave me after we have been first married. occasionally he wouldn’t get back all evening after which I knew he’d received blind and collected the 1st girl he met.

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