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I want the summary of W.Somerset Maugham's story-the luncheon

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Asked by vikramsingh, 06 Oct '10 03:53 pm
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The primary theme of the short story 'Luncheon' by Somerset Maugham is appearance vs. reality.

The speaker, in 'Luncheon', wishes from the beginning that his date would be a beautiful woman. He imagines a portrayal of a graceful lady in his mind. But, when he goes to have a lunch with her, she appears as a surprising blast, a total opposite to his imagination. Not only her appearance but also her dialogues express that she is an extremely fat, food-loving and ravenous woman who does not even think a bit about the costs the speaker would have to pay for the lunch. She has a very good appetite, and gobbles a lot of money also. The most interesting part is the verbal irony hidden in the lines she utters to the speaker, like she does not eat too much etc.

The irony concealed in her speeches helps to develop the main theme. These ironies make 'Luncheon' a comic story in the true sense.
Answered by prathiksha, 06 Oct '10 04:04 pm

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