Encore consists of three engaging portrayals of everyday life that rise above the merely ordinary through the evergreen writing talents of W. Somerset Maugham, the master of the short story. The Ant and the Grasshopper tells the story of a workshy fop whose freeloading days are ended by his dictatorial brother. But his brother hasn't heard the last of him yet... Winter Cruise A middle-aged spinster goes on a winter cruise to Jamaica. On board and determined to be the life and soul of the party, she talks and talks and talks... Gigolo and Gigolette Stella performs in a high-dive act in a variety bar on the Riviera. When her husband comes into money, she gets a glimpse of the future, and isn't happy with what she sees.