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The Well The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 4.   By: (1863-1943)

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In "The Well The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 4" by W. W. Jacobs, readers are once again treated to a collection of intriguing and thought-provoking short stories. With his well-known talent for storytelling, Jacobs once again demonstrates his ability to captivate readers with his clever narratives.

This collection is diverse, offering tales that showcase Jacobs' versatility as a writer. Each story introduces a new set of characters and a unique scenario, making it difficult to predict what will unfold. From humorous anecdotes to tales that delve into the realm of the supernatural, Jacobs demonstrates his mastery at keeping readers engaged throughout.

One of the highlights of this collection is Jacobs' ability to create realistic and relatable characters. Each protagonist is flawed, yet they possess qualities that make them endearing. By humanizing his characters, Jacobs allows readers to connect with them on a personal level, heightening the emotional impact of each story.

Another aspect that stands out in this collection is the author's exquisite attention to detail. Jacobs does not shy away from vividly describing the settings, creating immersive worlds that transport readers to different eras and locations. This meticulousness extends to the portrayal of emotions and interactions between characters, making each story feel vivid and alive.

However, the pacing in some of the stories may feel a bit slow at times, as Jacobs takes his time in setting up the plot. While this can be seen as a deliberate choice to build suspense, it may occasionally test the patience of readers who prefer faster-paced narratives.

Overall, "The Well The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 4" is a captivating collection of short stories that demonstrates W. W. Jacobs' prowess as a writer. With its diverse range of narratives and engaging characters, this book is a must-read for fans of classic literature and those who appreciate well-crafted storytelling. Jacobs' ability to seamlessly blend humor, suspense, and emotion makes this collection a delightful addition to any bookshelf.

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By W. W. Jacobs


Two men stood in the billiard room of an old country house, talking. Play, which had been of a half hearted nature, was over, and they sat at the open window, looking out over the park stretching away beneath them, conversing idly.

"Your time's nearly up, Jem," said one at length, "this time six weeks you'll be yawning out the honeymoon and cursing the man woman I mean who invented them."

Jem Benson stretched his long limbs in the chair and grunted in dissent.

"I've never understood it," continued Wilfred Carr, yawning. "It's not in my line at all; I never had enough money for my own wants, let alone for two. Perhaps if I were as rich as you or Croesus I might regard it differently."

There was just sufficient meaning in the latter part of the remark for his cousin to forbear to reply to it. He continued to gaze out of the window and to smoke slowly.

"Not being as rich as Croesus or you," resumed Carr, regarding him from beneath lowered lids, "I paddle my own canoe down the stream of Time, and, tying it to my friends' door posts, go in to eat their dinners."

"Quite Venetian," said Jem Benson, still looking out of the window. "It's not a bad thing for you, Wilfred, that you have the doorposts and dinners and friends... Continue reading book >>

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