Mr.Know All

Topics: W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage, A Story Pages: 3 (1007 words) Published: September 13, 2010
(Somerset Maugham)
This story was happened in the Ocean-going liners from San Francisco to Yokohama for fourteen days. It was difficult to get accommodation, so the narrator had to share a cabin with a total stranger, but he expected him to be one of his own country men. Instead, he was deeply shocked to realize it was a chatty Levantine – Mr. Max Kelada. The narrator was prepared to dislike Mr.Kelada even before he saw him. When he went on board, he saw Mr.Kelada’s luggages and the toilet things that had already unpacked below. The man’s name and the sight of his things aroused a strong repulsion in him since he was prejudiced against all non-Britons, feeling superior to them. The irony of the story lies in the fact that the list of Mr.Kelada’s “negative” traits presented in the beginning of the story shows an orderly, neat and tidy gentleman, such as: a sturdy build, clean-shaven and dark-skinned, with a fleshy, hooked nose and vey large, lustrous and liquid eyes, sleek and curly long black hair. When the narrator met Mr.Kelada, his hatred got even stronger. He abhorred the cultural differences between Kelada and himself. He both detested and despised Mr.Kelada’s gestures. Therefore, the description of Kelada’s character is negative and biased. Mr.Kelada was a good mixer and ran everything. He organized some games as: sweeps, auctions, fancy dress ball, etc… Mr.Kelada was a person that seemed to know everything and was involved in everything, not sensing that he was disliked by everybody. He was very chatty and talked as if he head beer superior to everyone else. The passengers mocked him and call him Mr.Know-All even to his face. Beside that, there was a dogmatic person on this liner – Mr.Ramsay, who was a American Consular Service and was stationed in Kobe. He – the man with loose fat under a tight skin; was on his way back to resume his post after picking up his pretty little wife, who had been spending alone in New York for a whole...
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