The Appointment in Samarra, as retold by W. Somerset Maugham

The speaker is Death

 

There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me.  She looked at me and made a threatening gesture,  now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate.  I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. 

The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. 

Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threating getsture to my servant when you saw him this morning? 

That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise.  I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.

30 thoughts on “The Appointment in Samarra, as retold by W. Somerset Maugham

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  1. THIS IS A VERY MEANING FUL SHORT STORY BECAUSE IT EXPLAINS AN IMPORTANT FACT IN OUR LIFE .IT TALKS ABOUT DEATH BY APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA THROU THE SERVANT`S PERSONALITY WHO FLED FROM THE DEATH TO SAMARRA ,BUT IN FACT HE HAD GONE TO THE DEATH BY HIMSELF.

  2. Hmmm, I don’t know If I completely agree with these comments. I guess everyone does have their own fate… but, his arrogance and drinking are what got him, fate? Meh, I don’t know about all that.

    1. You retard, you are writing about the novel and the post is about the short story that is posted above. Do some research.

  3. This story I loved since I heard it when I was 10 years old. Life needs to have meaning and death is sure.

  4. Can someone give me an analogy of this story i have a paper that is due tomorrow and i am desperate need of some help.

  5. death is inevitable is one way to see it but i see it more as never run from your problems they can just get you deeper in trouble… it was on his own free will to run and maybe if he had not he could have put off death a little longer… he would of been in bagdad while death was in samarra…

  6. please help, i need to know the antagonist to this, I’m not really sure though because it is confusing to me. I’m pretty sure it’s death but I’m not sure.

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