Epilogue: Earthly Paradises and Satisfaction at Work
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Who hasn’t dreamt every now and then of saving up enough money and retiring to live contentedly in some earthly paradise? This was Tom Wilson’s plan, the main character in Somerset Maugham’s 1935 short story, The Lotus Eater.1 Wilson is a hard-working bank manager in London, who at the age of 35 loses his wife and daughter, two of the worst setbacks anybody could suffer. Hoping to forget his sorrows, he travels to Italy, where he visits the island of Capri, an idyllic spot that bewitches him.