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His Other Self Night Watches, Part 10.   By: (1863-1943)

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In "His Other Self Night Watches, Part 10," W. W. Jacobs takes readers on yet another captivating journey through the mysterious aspects of human nature. This collection of short stories continues to showcase Jacobs' exceptional storytelling skills and his ability to infuse suspense into seemingly ordinary situations.

Each tale in this anthology brings the reader face-to-face with the darker side of humanity, unraveling hidden desires and motives that often lurk beneath the surface. Jacobs effortlessly captures the complex dynamics between characters, building tension and anticipation with every turn of the page.

One of the standout stories is the eponymous "His Other Self," which delves into the exploration of dual identities. As the protagonist becomes aware of a doppelgänger, the line between reality and illusion becomes blurred. Jacobs expertly maintains the uncertainty, leaving the reader questioning what is truly happening until the very end.

Another gripping story is "Night Watches," which delves into the supernatural. A chance encounter on a dark night takes an unexpected turn, leading to an eerie exploration of the boundaries between the living and the dead. Jacobs skillfully weaves together themes of guilt, redemption, and the afterlife, leaving a lasting impression on the reader's mind.

While Jacobs' writing style is straightforward and accessible, it is his ability to evoke genuine emotions that sets him apart. Throughout the collection, he masterfully creates an atmosphere of unease, inviting readers to confront their own fears and vulnerabilities.

The characters in each story are well-developed and relatable, despite their flaws and the circumstances they find themselves in. Jacobs' compassion for his characters shines through, making their struggles and choices strikingly immersive.

Although some stories in this anthology are stronger than others, each one is a testament to Jacobs' talent for storytelling. His astute observations about human nature and the darker side of society make for an engaging and thought-provoking read.

In conclusion, "His Other Self Night Watches, Part 10" is an exemplar of W. W. Jacobs' expertise in crafting gripping tales of human nature's darker aspects. With atmospheric storytelling and an exploration of the supernatural, Jacobs delivers a collection of short stories that will leave readers captivated until the very last page.

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NIGHT WATCHES

by W.W. Jacobs

HIS OTHER SELF

"They're as like as two peas, him and 'is brother," said the night watchman, gazing blandly at the indignant face of the lighterman on the barge below; "and the on'y way I know this one is Sam is because Bill don't use bad langwidge. Twins they are, but the likeness is only outside; Bill's 'art is as white as snow."

He cut off a plug of tobacco, and, placing it in his cheek, waited expectantly.

"White as snow," he repeated.

"That's me," said the lighterman, as he pushed his unwieldy craft from the jetty. "I'll tell Sam your opinion of 'im. So long."

The watchman went a shade redder than usual. That's twins all over, he said, sourly, always deceiving people. It's Bill arter all, and, instead of hurting 'is feelings, I've just been flattering of 'im up.

It ain't the fust time I've 'ad trouble over a likeness. I've been a twin myself in a manner o' speaking. It didn't last long, but it lasted long enough for me to always be sorry for twins, and to make a lot of allowance for them. It must be very 'ard to have another man going about with your face on 'is shoulders, and getting it into trouble.

It was a year or two ago now. I was sitting one evening at the gate, smoking a pipe and looking at a newspaper I 'ad found in the office, when I see a gentleman coming along from the swing bridge... Continue reading book >>




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