Q. 13.7( 6 Votes )

Although the author was not a vindictive man he was very happy to see the twenty-one-stone lady who had impoverished him twenty years ago and says he had finally had his revenge. What makes him say this?

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William Somerset Maugham’s “The Luncheon” narrates the incident of the narrator and the lady who had met each other in restaurant twenty years ago. The story, ornamented with classic humor and irony, narrates the story of the author of how he was told to meet at an expensive restaurant, Foyot, by the lady in a very cunning manner. Despite his fragile financial condition, he couldn’t turn down a lady’s request and decided to turn up at the place at the prescribed time to ultimately face the lady in a humiliating condition at the restaurant. Without paying any heed to the narrator, the lady started ordering exotic delicacies like salmon, caviar, champagne, asparagus, without consulting with the narrator or even bothering about the bill. The narrator, in an embarrassing situation of not being able to reveal the true nature of his financial stature, had to comply with the lady and couldn’t prevent her from ordering the delicacies. Although he kept on making excuses for not ordering anything for himself, ultimately it was him who had to spend his entire money in clearing the payment. He was then left with no a single penny for the whole month to fall back on. Since he was a complacent and tolerable man, he didn’t blurt a word against her. The reason the narrator says that he had finally had his revenge against her is that after all these years, the lady has turned into a twenty-one stone. Thus, though not physically avenging on the lady the injustice meted out against him had eventually led her to become a twenty-one stone.


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