Personally, I could relate to Walter. The Painted Veil is a surprisingly quick read. The only thing I really liked about this book was it the premise it was set upon. Kitty is an attractive middle class Brit. What allegiances do we owe to family and when personal aspirations conflict with what society expects, what do we do? Upon returning to Hong Kong she believes she has changed for the better but discovers that change doesn't come that fast, when se succumbs to Townsend again. Kitty accepts his proposal impulsively. Her terrified reaction to the turning of the knobs indicates that she has little courage or backbone, and her excessive concern with her social position indicates her shallowness.
The sonnet fits the story so well. But the story's distinct enigmas continue to haunt me. In a wild attempt to free herself form her overbearing, condescending mother, Kitty runs thoughtlessly into a loveless marriage. Still, the movie is one of the most under-valued Hollywood movies ever made and should have been up for Oscars galore. Kitty begs to be allowed to divorce him quietly and he agrees, provided Townsend will leave his wife Dorothy and marry her. And of course he isn't a passionate man; he's only a vain one. Description: 246 pages ; 21 cm Series Title: Responsibility: W.
Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful, but love-starved Kitty Fane. There are certain core questions you would like to know: - Did Walter forgive Kitty? It shows that human character is submitted to change should the individual allow it. It is difficult to explain the relation between character and plot. The best solution to any scandal, in my opinion, is to brazen it out and wait for another scandal to come along to move your problems from the front page to the back page of the gossip mill. Kitty remains about a week after his death and burial before heading back to Hong Kong briefly before sailing to England to return to her family.
Kitty, though by no means a particularly sympathetic character spoiled and a bit empty-headed about sums it up , has a glorious resilience, and manages to find her own way in the world, sans any men. Two of his later novels were based on historical people: The Moon and Sixpence is about the life of Paul Gauguin; and Cakes and Ale contains what were taken as thinly veiled and unflattering characterizations of the authors Thomas Hardy who had died two years previously and Hugh Walpole. I think Bonnie nailed it: In the very moment he dies, Walter realises that he is the mad dog, not the good man with the virtues, who is praised by everyone. But I never had a chance. She receives several cold letters from her mother indicating health problems, and receives news of her mother's death shortly before reaching England. He loves Kitty, but is rather unapproachable and aloof. It is sad that she considers him to be a fool to marry such a woman as she.
Doubtless, Walter's cruel death is the fatal end-result of his passionate, unrequited love for Kitty. She is surprised to learn from the Mother Superior that her husband loves children, especially babies. Five years later, Kitty appears well-dressed and happy in London shopping with her young son Walter. Her father is a solicitor of moderate ambition while her mother is an unabashed social climber dripping with it. Though her family sees being religious while not wearing a veil as being compatible, the government believes the opposite.
This British couple have little in common. Walter Fane, a bacteriologist, who was stationed in Hong-Kong. But Norton and Watts planted all these tiny little romantic hopes in my brain, and when I started reading this novel, in the back of my mind, I was expecting this brilliant, clever, amazing love story. Maugham show us how hard it is to end our suffering. The script was frequently redrafted, being written to be close to the source material, to take liberties with the source material, and to create a version.
Descamps, Piano by Roger Pouly, Courtesy of Les Petits Minous. In the poem, a dog bites a man, but it isn't the man that dies, it is the dog. He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America. Still, Kitty is secure in her love for Charlie, and decides that Walter can kick up a fuss if he wants. According to me, but I am not totally convinced! The subtle sense of fear and hostility that underlies this novel reminds me of Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness', or James's 'Portrait of a Lady'.
Stories in real life very often end sadly. The situation is complicated further when she realizes she is pregnant. Walter is a man who does not speak much, feeling even less. And although I prefer the movie in regard to their stay in the Chinese village, the book is very good, too. Cólera emocional e Cólera real. The movie does a good job of interpreting those characters honestly and uses dialogue verbatim from the book.
You have to put aside your eagerness to relate to the characters, because Kitty is not a good person, nor is she evolving much. She is exactly like her mother and I honestly never felt any pity or warm feeling toward her. From this point on, I'll let you find out for yourself what happens next. As it happens, I need not have bothered. This is a book to get lost in, not just in the usual way of books, but in a way that is haunting and will have you musing for days and days, long after you have turned the final page. Then I found out there was the original book and I had to read it. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic.
For the first time, Kitty grew to appreciate her husband and even admire him. Townsend assures him that she'll divorce Charlie and that he'll marry Kitty within two weeks. Kitty is emotionally stunted, and though there is growth, she has a long, long journey ahead as she undergoes the further stripping of the veil before she can become a whole human being. I came to see her as an imperfect human, a product of her privileged upbringing and societal expectations. For the most part, ugly racial stereotypes aside, this is a beautiful exploration of the intricacies of relationships, the inequality of love, and the joy of finding hidden reserves of strength in oneself, even in times of peril.