By W. Somerset Maugham
Now an enormous 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 prosperous younger English lady who reveals 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 makes a decision to delay 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 lifestyles is totally, irrevocably altered.
For this stranger is a refugee of warfare, and he harbors a couple of kind of passion. Before morning, Mary will witness bloodshed, she's going to be pressured to hunt suggestion and the aid of an unsavory guy, and he or she 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.
Read or Download Up at the Villa PDF
Similar British Literature books
The transformation of Desiderio's urban right into a mysterious state is prompt: Hallucination flows with magical velocity in each mind; avenues and plazas are by surprise as fertile as fairy-book forests. And the evil comes, too, as imaginary massacres fill the streets with blood, the useless go back to question the residing, and profound nervousness drives hundreds and hundreds to suicide.
A foundling of mysterious parentage mentioned by means of Mr. Allworthy on his nation property, Tom Jones is deeply in love with the likely unimaginable Sophia Western, the attractive daughter of the neighboring squire—though he occasionally succumbs to the charms of the neighborhood ladies. whilst Tom is banished to make his personal fortune and Sophia follows him to London to flee an prepared marriage, the journey starts off.
Raven is an unpleasant guy devoted to gruesome deeds. His cold-blooded killing of a ecu Minister of warfare is an act of violence with chilling repercussions, not only for Raven himself yet for the state as a complete. the money he gets in cost for the homicide is made of stolen notes and whilst the 1st of those is traced, Raven turns into a guy at the run.
Extra info for Up at the Villa
She had an instinct of what he desired to ask her, and observed whilst that he was once too timid to talk. She smiled. “Can you dance? ” “Oh, convinced; i will do this. I dance greater than I play. ” “Let me see. ” He placed his arm around her and in that luxurious, empty room, in the dark, they waltzed to the old fashioned captivating track of the Viennese conductor. Then she took his hand and led him out into the backyard. by means of the garish gentle of day it had occasionally a glance that was once a trifle forlorn, like a lady a lot enjoyed who has misplaced her loveliness; yet now less than the complete moon, with its trimmed hedges and historic timber, with its grotto and its lawns, it was once exciting and choose. The centuries fell away and wandering there you felt your self the inhabitant of a more energizing, more youthful global during which intuition used to be extra reckless and outcomes much less fabric. the sunshine summer season air was once scented with the white flora of evening. They walked silently, hand in hand. “It’s so beautiful”, he murmured ultimately, “it’s nearly insufferable. ” He quoted that celebrated line of Goethe’s during which Faust, chuffed at size, begs the fleeting second to stick. “You has to be more than happy the following. ” “Very”, she smiled. “I’m happy. You’re style and sturdy and beneficiant. You deserve happiness. I may still wish to imagine that you've got every thing on the earth you want. ” She chuckled. “At all occasions i've got every thing i've got any correct to wish for. ” He sighed. “I should still wish to die tonight. not anything so incredible will ever take place to me back. I shall examine all of it my existence. I shall constantly have this night to recollect, the glimpse of your good looks and the recollection of this stunning spot. I shall consistently examine you as a goddess in heaven and that i shall pray to you as if you have been the Madonna. ” He lifted her hand to his lips and with a clumsy, touching little bow, kissed it. She lightly touched his face. by surprise he fell on his knees and kissed the hem of her costume. Then an exceptional exaltation seized her. She took his head in her palms, elevating him in the direction of her, and kissed his eyes and his mouth. there has been anything solemn and mystical within the motion. She had a sense that was once unusual to her. Her middle was once full of loving kindness. He rose to his toes and passionately clasped her in his palms. He was once twenty-three. She was once no longer a goddess to hope to, yet a lady to own. They went again into the silent residence. V IT was once darkish within the room, however the home windows have been large open and the moon shone in. Mary used to be sitting in a straight-backed old chair and the formative years sat at her ft leaning his head opposed to her knees. He was once smoking a cigarette and within the darkness the glow shone pink. In resolution to her wondering he instructed her that his father were head of the police in a single of the smaller cities of Austria throughout the Dollfuss executive and he had placed down with severity many of the agitations which disturbed the peace in the course of these afflicted instances. while Schuschnigg grew to become head of the country after the assassination of the little peasant Chancellor, his firmness and decided perspective had maintained him in his publish.