She had no mercy.  He looked at her neck and thought how he would like to jab it with the knife he had for his muffin.  He knew enough anatomy to make pretty certain of getting the carotid artery.  And at the same time he wanted to cover her pale, thin face with kisses. — Maugham, Of Human Bondage

this book has been slow goings.  the first 200 pages felt completely unnecessary, and maugham is not a very good writer.  but he is astute, and the above quote is brilliant.

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