Food Adulteration A learner will able to write a short summary of the story

Food Adulteration A learner will able to write a short summary of the story,

write his personal opinion about a short story, write creative statement about a story,


‘The Luncheon’, a charming short story of W.S. Maugham premises upon a restaurant visit by the narrator twenty years ago, in reception of a lady assumed to be an admirer of his arts. The narrator again hits upon the lady in a theatre later on and recalls the past story in his mind, while a formal conversation takes place between them.

The narrator recalls that he has been a bachelor residing in Paris, when the persuasive letter from the lady comes, proposing a lunchtime meet-up in the elite “Foyot’s” restaurant on her journey across the city. For the sake of their previous acquaintance through letters, the narrator could not deny the luring proposal. Although, he gets astonished later on to discover her as a woman of forty, imposing to be younger.

Just before their date, he has eighty francs for his all monthly expenses, and a modest lunch also should not cost more than fifteen. Moreover, the lady’s repetitive words “I never eat anything for lunch” give him enough hope at their arrival to the restaurant. But uttering these same words again and again the lady chooses costly salmon as the main dish, and other pricey items like caviar, champagne, asparagus etc. as side dishes. Ironically, she kept rebuking him for the cheapest mutton chop he has chosen, as an unhealthy choice.

This embarrasment from the lady leaves him totally penurious and suffering fianacially, as he possesses nothing to afford the rest of the month.

At last the author observes that the harrasments she has done on that day, though has made him suffer inescapably for the time, but has been revenged by the immortal gods on behalf of him. As the lady has now become morbidly obese weighing twenty one stones, it gives the narrator a complaisant satisfaction to observe her sufferings these days.

Likes and dislikes

I like the way the speaker narrates the story. He uess mentaphors in the story.
As a first person marrator the speaker easily depicts teh inner feeling of the character.
The speaker also shows humors narrating the story. For example at the end og the story he mentios
“Today she weighs twnty one stone”
There are number of cliamx in the story. i do not flat line of the climax graph. it is too high. it could me more interesting

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