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The Skating Party and Other Stories is a collection of short stories that takes readers on a journey through intricate narratives and intriguing characters. Although the author remains unknown, their storytelling prowess shines through each tale, captivating readers from the very first page.

One of the standout stories in this collection is "The Skating Party." Set in a small town during a wintry landscape, the story follows a group of friends preparing for an annual skating party. However, beneath the surface of this seemingly joyous occasion, lies a web of hidden tensions and secrets. The author skillfully builds suspense and gradually reveals the characters' complex relationships, creating an engrossing narrative that leaves the readers guessing until the very end.

Another noteworthy story is "The Broken Hourglass," which delves into the concept of time and regrets. Through a thought-provoking narrative, the author explores the consequences of our choices and the weight of missed opportunities. The tale cleverly intertwines multiple timelines, allowing readers to witness the protagonist's self-reflection and eventual self-discovery. It is a poignant reminder to seize the present moment and make the most of our lives.

Each story in this collection presents a unique exploration of human emotions and experiences. From tales of lost love to tales of unexpected friendships, the author demonstrates an impressive range in capturing the intricacies of the human condition. The writing style is rich and descriptive, luring readers into the characters' worlds and evoking a strong emotional response.

One minor drawback of the collection is its inconsistent pacing, with some stories feeling rushed while others unfold at a slower, more leisurely pace. However, this variation also adds diversity to the reading experience, making each story distinct and memorable in its own way.

Overall, The Skating Party and Other Stories is a compelling collection that showcases the talent of an unknown author. With its skillful storytelling, memorable characters, and thought-provoking themes, this book leaves a lasting impression on its readers. It is a testament to the power of short fiction in capturing the human experience and will undoubtedly leave readers eagerly anticipating the next offering from this mysterious author.

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[Illustration: SKATING PARTY.]


One cold winter's morning, Willie's mother promised to take him to see the skaters on the river. Willie was in great glee, and when they arrived at the river, he wanted to go on the ice but his mother was afraid to venture. The river was frozen very hard, and the merry skaters seemed almost to fly, they went so fast over the glib ice. Now and then one of them would fall down, causing a burst of laughter from the others; but he would jump up and go it again. Skating is a pleasant and healthful exercise, but sometimes dangerous, for should the ice break many would probably be drowned. Little boys should be careful how they venture, and not go near air holes.

[Illustration: THE ARREST.]


As Harry Somers and his father were one day walking along the street, they saw a policeman leading a poor ragged little boy, who seemed very much frightened. Mr. Somers asked the policeman, what he had been doing. The man told him, that the little boy had been caught in the act of stealing cakes and apples, from the stand of a poor woman. Mr. Somers told Harry, that it was very likely that miserable boy had drunken parents who encouraged him to lie and steal, and that when he grew up, he would be likely to turn out a bad man, and cautioned Harry not to keep bad company... Continue reading book >>

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