W. Somerset Maugham
(*25. Januar 1874 Paris - †16. Dezember 1965 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat bei Nizza)
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"There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless."

The Summing Up (1938) p. 285

"Rain" is a short story by the British writer W. Somerset Maugham. It was originally published as "Miss Thompson" in the April 1921 issue of the American literary magazine The Smart Set,[1]and was included in the collection of stories by Maugham The Trembling of a Leaf.[2]

The story is set on a Pacific island: a missionary's determination to reform a prostitute leads to tragedy.