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Short Story the Verger

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Essay on the short story “The Verger” by Somerset Maugham
The short story “The Verger” is an example of how a person can be successful en life even though he is illiterate. Anyway, he makes a good use of his creativity. What is more important is how to uses our knowledge correctly. This story was wrote by “William Somerset Maugham, was a British novelist and short story writer, he was among the most popular writer of his era and ones of the highest paid author during 1930. He born in 1874 in France, and died in 1965, by the aged of 91, in France”. (Wikipedia)
The verger is about Albert Edward Foreman, who has been the verger of St. Peter’s Neville Square for sixteen year. One day when a new vicar comes to ST. Peter’s and finds out that Foreman is illiterate, the vicar talk whit him but Foreman is refuses to learn, so the new vicar feels he has no choice but to fire him. When Foreman is coming back home back, lonely and sad, he wants to buy some cigarette but he realize that there no shops around and thinks it will be a good idea to open one. When he comes home, talks about it with his wife, and the next day go back and find a place to rent and set up in business as a tobacconist and newsagent. After a year he opens another shop. In the course of 10 years he is the owner of about ten shops around London. One day Foreman goes to the bank, and the manager recommends that he can invest his money, but when he has to sign a contract, the manager realize that Foreman is illiterate. He is so surprise that he ask Foreman what he would be now if he was able to read and write, Foreman told him he would be the verger of St Peter’s Neville Square.
The author makes uses of the omniscient third person, because it have free access to felling, thoughts and motivation of each character, and do not interfere in any point of the story.
The clearest setting of this short story is the place, is takes place in London.   I can say that the type of conflict is internal, because the...

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