If W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" is salvaged at all from what would have even been predictable back when it was written, I'd say it was by the setting (you don't get a lot of stories set in the American Samoa) and by the fact that the religious man, Mr. Davidson, while certainly dislikable from the onset in his judgmental colonial remarks, does not appear to be a hypocrite at that point. The rain presents a picture of overwhelming pressure that seems to have a subtle hand in making him fall. Of course, rain is as natural as natural can be, and perhaps Maugham was making a point in that regard. Mr. Davidson didn't really stand a chance.
by Tom Harwood