Cakes and Ale, Chapter Fifteen

Maugham’s structure, for the novel, is now highly suspect. Turns out young man Ashenden had quite the crush—complete with illicit, familiar kiss (at least one so far)—with Rosie. Old man Ashenden didn’t have much reaction to his initial memories of her, hence the suspect structure. Reading it serialized, it might not stick out. Reading it as a novel, it’s a sore thumb. Also odd is Ashenden’s first person narration ignoring Ashenden for the first quarter page. Maybe not for another novel, but in this one, where the “I” is always omnipresent, Maugham takes a break here and it stands out. Maybe because the break isn’t particularly profitable.

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