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Mrs. Craddock

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In "Mrs. Craddock" by W. Somerset Maugham, readers are introduced to a compelling story centered around the character of Bertha Ley. Set in late 19th century England, the novel follows Bertha as she navigates the complexities of married life and societal expectations.

Maugham's portrayal of Bertha is both captivating and thought-provoking, as she grapples with her own desires and ambitions in the face of a stifling marriage. The author's skillful prose paints a vivid picture of Bertha's inner turmoil and evolution as she confronts the limitations placed upon her by her husband and society.

The novel's exploration of gender roles, class dynamics, and personal agency offers readers a nuanced and engaging narrative that resonates with themes still relevant today. Maugham's keen observations of human nature and social mores make "Mrs. Craddock" a compelling read that will leave readers pondering the complexities of love, marriage, and self-discovery.

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“I thought it was you I saw coming up the hill,” she said, stretching out her hand.

He stopped and shook it; the touch of his big, firm fingers made her tremble. His hand was massive and hard as if it were hewn of stone. She looked up at him and smiled.

“Isn’t it cold?” she said. It is terrible to be desirous of saying all sorts of passionate things, while convention debars you from any but the most commonplace. (Excerpts from chapter 1.)

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