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Topic N7 ("The Book I've Just Read")

William Somerset Maugham's short stories are most fascinating.

Not long ago I read one of his short stories, it is the story

about a man who is very rich, very powerful, very intellegent,

very successful in his career and yet he is most unhappy. His

name is Lord Mountdrago (the story says: he was an able and

distinguished man who was appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs

when he was still under forty. He was considered the ablest

politican in the Conservative Party and for a long time directed

the foreign policy of his country). One day he comes to Dr.

Audlin who is a psychotherapist and whose reputation as a

psychotherapist is very good. Dr. Audlin seems to be able to help

almost everybody (the story says: he could relif certain pains by

the touch of his cool, soft hands and by talking to his patients

often induce sleep in those who were suffering from

sleeplessness. He spoke slowly. His voice had no particular

color, but it was musical, soft and lulling. Dr. Audlin found

that by speaking to people in that low monotonous voice of his,

by looking at them with his pale, quiet eyes, by stroking their

foreheads with his long firm hands he could sometimes do things

that seemed miraculous). Lord Mountdrago has a strange dreams.

They get on his nerves. And he is afraid that he will go mad or

commit suicide if it goes on like that every night. He says that

his decision can affect the welfare of the country. When Dr.

Audlin askes to describe one of his dreams, he begins: "the first

i had was about a month ago. I dreamt that i was at a party at

Connemara House. It was an official party. The King and the Queen

were to be there and many prominent people too. Suddenly i saw a

little man there called Owen Griffiths, who is a member of

parlament from the Labour Party and to tell you the truth, I was

surprised to see him there. The Connemaras were at the top of a

marble staircase receiving their gusets... Suddenly I noticed

that the King and the Queen had come, turned my back on the

Connemaras i understood that i had got my trouses on. You can't

understand what i felt at that monent, an agony of shame. I awoke

in a cold sweat and understood what it was only a dream".

Dr. Audlin can't diagnose the case and soon he learns that

Lord Mountrago has ruined his opponent in the House of Commons.

Whose name is Owen Griffiths. He did cruely and mercilessly. His

conscience has protested that injury he caused to Griffiths. The

story has a tragic end. Lord Mountdrago is unable to get rid of

his terrible dreams. He commits suicide. His antagonist suddenly

dies too. The newspaper wrote that his death was supposed to be

due to natural reason but we know that his death was

supernaturally conditioned by Lord Mountdrago's tragic end. In

conclusion we come to after having read that supernational forces

effect our lives. No matter how sensitive or insensitive we might

be to them. Thus the moral of the story is that doing good is the

only certainly happy action of a man's life.

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