"Macintosh" is a taut psychological study of two officials on a remote tropic island. "The Fall of Edward Barnard" is a brief bildungsroman about what is important in life, a pre-cursor to Maugham's well known novel, The Razor's Edge. Of course, love is always a subject of the tropics, and Maugham's deft, ironic handling of the theme in "Red" and "Honolulu" is masterful. But it is "The Pool" that tells a poignant and tragic tale about the pitfalls for love across cultures. His most famous story, "Rain", about the ironic consequences of obsession, was adapted for both theater and film.