KENYA: Maughamesque

While the British Empire fights for its life, its little private dramas—often almost as stylized as British tweeds—continue. One recurrent pattern, frequently put on paper by Somerset Maugham, is that of the Britons in India or the Far East whose ultra-British correctness is suddenly upset by tropic passion. Last week in East Africa a typical Maughamesque story appeared to be coming to feverish life.

A Maugham tale could have no better setting than the swank Muthaiga Country Club on a cooling hill outside flat, sunny Nairobi, capital of Kenya Colony. Scarcely one...

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