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With his mother's death the world in which Willie had been so safe and happy ended abruptly and for ever. His brothers, who had been summoned to the death-bed, shortly afterwards returned to England, and Willie was left to cope with his profound and terrible grief as best he could.
The child's love for his mother was passionate and unreasoning, and having lost her when he did he was never able to come to terms with her loss. He kept the last photograph of her beside his bed throughout his life, together with a long tress of her hair, his two most treasured possessions, and even in great old age he would admit that he had never got over his mother's death.
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings