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A Mixed Proposal The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 9.   By: (1863-1943)

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A Mixed Proposal is the ninth installment in the series The Lady of the Barge and Others by W. W. Jacobs, and it continues to captivate readers with its blend of humor, wit, and suspense. Set in early 20th century England, the book follows a cast of diverse characters that are brought together by one common theme: life on the barge.

One of the standout features of this collection is Jacobs' ability to create multi-dimensional characters that feel incredibly relatable. From barge owners and crew members to the passengers they encounter, each individual comes to life with their own quirks, flaws, and dreams. The author's keen observations of human nature make these characters feel real, allowing readers to invest emotionally in their stories.

In this particular volume, the central story revolves around a proposal. As the title suggests, it is indeed a mixed proposal that becomes the focal point of the narrative. Jacobs expertly weaves an intricate plotline, full of unexpected twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats. Through a series of hilarious misunderstandings, miscommunications, and misadventures, he explores the complexities of love, relationships, and societal expectations.

Humor plays a significant role in this novel, providing a refreshing and lighthearted tone amidst the more serious themes. Jacobs' skillful use of humor adds another layer of enjoyment to the reading experience. Whether it's the witty banter between characters, the humorous mishaps they find themselves in, or the clever wordplay scattered throughout the story, there is no shortage of laughs in A Mixed Proposal.

One aspect that sets Jacobs' work apart is his attention to detail in describing the settings. Through vivid and evocative descriptions, he brings the bustling world of the barge to life. From the picturesque landscapes and quaint riverside towns to the bustling wharves and bustling markets, the reader feels fully immersed in the world the author has created.

Overall, A Mixed Proposal is a delightful addition to The Lady of the Barge and Others series. W. W. Jacobs showcases his talent for storytelling with a mix of humor, suspense, and relatable characters. Whether you're a fan of the series or new to Jacobs' work, this book is sure to entertain and leave you eagerly waiting for the next installment.

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By W. W. Jacobs


Major Brill, late of the Fenshire Volununteers, stood in front of the small piece of glass in the hatstand, and with a firm and experienced hand gave his new silk hat a slight tilt over the right eye. Then he took his cane and a new pair of gloves, and with a military but squeaky tread, passed out into the road. It was a glorious day in early autumn, and the soft English landscape was looking its best, but despite the fact that there was nothing more alarming in sight than a few cows on the hillside a mile away, the Major paused at his gate, and his face took on an appearance of the greatest courage and resolution before proceeding. The road was dusty and quiet, except for the children playing at cottage doors, and so hot that the Major, heedless of the fact that he could not replace the hat at exactly the same angle, stood in the shade of a tree while he removed it and mopped his heated brow.

He proceeded on his way more leisurely, overtaking, despite his lack of speed, another man who was walking still more slowly in the shade of the hedge.

"Fine day, Halibut," he said, briskly; "fine day."

"Beautiful," said the other, making no attempt to keep pace with him.

"Country wants rain, though," cried the Major over his shoulder... Continue reading book >>

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