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Matrimonial Openings Sailor's Knots, Part 5.   By: (1863-1943)

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Matrimonial Openings Sailor's Knots, Part 5 by W. W. Jacobs is an enthralling collection of short stories that delves into the lives and relationships of seafaring individuals. This book is a sequel to the previous four parts of Sailor's Knots and continues to captivate readers with its witty narrative and cleverly crafted characters.

One of the most striking aspects of this collection is Jacobs' ability to bring to life the distinctive world of sailors and their experiences. His vivid descriptions create a sense of authenticity, transporting readers to the decks of the ships and immersing them in the salty air of the sea. Whether it is the camaraderie between crew members or the perils they face, the author portrays these with such detail and realism that one can almost hear the creaking of the vessel or feel the spray of the waves.

The stories themselves are diverse, offering glimpses into various aspects of a sailor's life. From humorous accounts of mishaps and misunderstandings to poignant tales of love and loss, each story provides a unique perspective on the challenges faced by those at sea. Jacobs' skillful storytelling keeps the readers engaged, effortlessly balancing humor with deeper emotions.

Furthermore, the characters in Matrimonial Openings Sailor's Knots, Part 5 are remarkably well-drawn. Whether it is the seasoned captain or the young deckhand, each individual possesses a distinct personality that adds depth and richness to the narratives. Through their dialogues and actions, Jacobs unveils the complexities of human relationships, often exploring the themes of trust, loyalty, and sacrifice.

One of the highlights of this book is the author's ability to craft unexpected plot twists. Just when the reader thinks they have anticipated the direction of a story, Jacobs surprises them with cleverly devised turns that keep the intrigue alive. This element of surprise adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the reading experience, ensuring that one is constantly engaged and eager to uncover what lies ahead.

While Matrimonial Openings Sailor's Knots, Part 5 is undoubtedly an enjoyable read, it may be more appreciated by those familiar with the previous parts of Sailor's Knots. Although the stories can be enjoyed individually, there are recurring characters and references that may enhance the overall understanding and appreciation of the book.

In conclusion, W. W. Jacobs' Matrimonial Openings Sailor's Knots, Part 5 is a delightful collection of stories that successfully transports readers to the maritime world. With its evocative descriptions, well-developed characters, and unexpected twists, this book offers an immersive and entertaining reading experience. Whether one is a fan of naval fiction or simply enjoys well-crafted short stories, this collection is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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By W.W. Jacobs



Mr. Dowson sat by the kitchen fire smoking and turning a docile and well trained ear to the heated words which fell from his wife's lips.

"She'll go and do the same as her sister Jenny done," said Mrs. Dowson, with a side glance at her daughter Flora; "marry a man and then 'ave to work and slave herself to skin and bone to keep him."

"I see Jenny yesterday," said her husband, nodding. "Getting quite fat, she is."

"That's right," said Mrs. Dowson, violently, "that's right! The moment I say something you go and try and upset it."

"Un'ealthy fat, p'r'aps," said Mr. Dowson, hurriedly; "don't get enough exercise, I s'pose."

"Anybody who didn't know you, Joe Dowson," said his wife, fiercely, "would think you was doing it a purpose."

"Doing wot?" inquired Mr. Dowson, removing his pipe and regarding her open mouthed. "I only said "

"I know what you said," retorted his wife. "Here I do my best from morning to night to make everybody 'appy and comfortable; and what happens?"

"Nothing," said the sympathetic Mr. Dowson, shaking his head. "Nothing."

"Anyway, Jenny ain't married a fool," said Mrs. Dowson, hotly; "she's got that consolation."

"That's right, mother," said the innocent Mr. Dowson, "look on the bright side o' things a bit... Continue reading book >>

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