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Rain - From the Trembling of a Leaf by W. Somerset Maugham

Rain - From the Trembling of a Leaf by W. Somerset Maugham

From Augustus Earle in the 1820's to William Somerset Maugham in the middle of World War I, the deep distaste intelligent men had for missionaries in the Pacific was almost universal. When the reader thinks how difficult it was for the English to openly criticise Christian Missionaries in print throughout most of this period and how barely concealed was the contempt with which some writers went after them, it says a great deal of the loathing they inspired.  Maugham of course had the great misfortune to lose both his parents young and to end up in the care of an Uncle who was the Vicar of Whitstable, in Kent.

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