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East of Suez

W. Somerset Maugham

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Daisy. [As though talking to herself.] I've got a husband who adores me and a nice house to live in. I've got a position and as much money as I want. I'm safe. I'm respectable. I ought to be happy.

Amah. I say, Harry no good, what for you wanchee marry? You say, I wanchee marry, I wanchee marry? Well, you married. What you want now?

Daisy. They say life is short. Good God, how long the days are.

Amah. You want pony—Harry give you pony. You want jade ring—Harry give you jade ring. You want sable coat—Harry give you sable coat. Why you not happy?

Daisy. I never said I wasn't happy.

Amah. Hi, hi.

Daisy. If you laugh like that I'll kill you.

Amah. You no kill old amah. You want old amah. I got something velly pletty for my little Daisy flower.

Daisy. Don't be an old fool. I'm not a child any more. [Desperately.] I'm growing older, older, older. And every day is just like every other da. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The plot of this short play is cliched, melodramatic and largely unbelievable. It feels more like an opera libretto than a serious play and, as with opera, only its picturesque elements save it from a one star rating.

I liked this more than Caesar's Wife, but it showed its age in its attitudes toward colonialism, love between different races and classes, and what it means to be a man.