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In the Library The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 6.   By: (1863-1943)

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In "In the Library The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 6" by W. W. Jacobs, readers are once again treated to a collection of captivating short stories that captivate and entertain. The author's skillful storytelling and knack for building suspense make this book a delightful reading experience.

One of the standout stories in this collection is "The Monkey's Paw," a chilling tale that explores the consequences of meddling with fate. Jacobs masterfully builds tension throughout the narrative, leaving readers on the edge of their seats. The eerie atmosphere and the characters' realistic reactions contribute to the overall sense of dread, making it a story that stays with you long after you've finished reading.

Another notable story is "The Lady of the Barge," a heartwarming tale of love and sacrifice. The author's ability to create relatable and likable characters shines through in this story, as we witness the devotion of a husband to his wife. The touching moments and unexpected twists make this story a memorable addition to the collection.

Throughout the book, Jacobs showcases a wide range of storytelling abilities, seamlessly transitioning between genres and increasing the book's appeal to different readers. From humorous tales to spine-tingling mysteries, the author's versatility is evident in each story.

Moreover, Jacobs's writing style is clear and accessible, making the book accessible to a wide audience. His use of vivid descriptions allows readers to visualize the scenes and connect with the characters on a deeper level.

However, one minor criticism of the book is that the pacing in some stories can be a little slow, which may test the patience of readers seeking more action-oriented narratives. Nevertheless, this drawback is easily overshadowed by the overall quality of the collection.

"In the Library The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 6" is a must-read for fans of W. W. Jacobs and those who appreciate skillfully crafted short stories. With its mix of suspense, humor, and heartfelt moments, it offers something for every reader's tastes. Whether you're looking for a thrilling tale or a heartwarming story, this collection delivers, showcasing Jacobs's talent as a master storyteller.

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By W. W. Jacobs


The fire had burnt low in the library, for the night was wet and warm. It was now little more than a grey shell, and looked desolate. Trayton Burleigh, still hot, rose from his armchair, and turning out one of the gas jets, took a cigar from a box on a side table and resumed his seat again.

The apartment, which was on the third floor at the back of the house, was a combination of library, study, and smoke room, and was the daily despair of the old housekeeper who, with the assistance of one servant, managed the house. It was a bachelor establishment, and had been left to Trayton Burleigh and James Fletcher by a distant connection of both men some ten years before.

Trayton Burleigh sat back in his chair watching the smoke of his cigar through half closed eyes. Occasionally he opened them a little wider and glanced round the comfortable, well furnished room, or stared with a cold gleam of hatred at Fletcher as he sat sucking stolidly at his brier pipe. It was a comfortable room and a valuable house, half of which belonged to Trayton Burleigh; and yet he was to leave it in the morning and become a rogue and a wanderer over the face of the earth. James Fletcher had said so. James Fletcher, with the pipe still between his teeth and speaking from one corner of his mouth only, had pronounced his sentence... Continue reading book >>

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