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Mrs. Korner Sins Her Mercies   By: (1859-1927)

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Mrs. Korner Sins Her Mercies by Jerome K. Jerome is a delightful and witty novel that takes readers on a charming journey filled with quirky characters and unexpected humor. This light-hearted tale showcases Jerome's ability to craft a compelling narrative while weaving in thought-provoking social commentary.

The story revolves around the eccentric Mrs. Korner, a widow and the owner of a lodging house that attracts a diverse group of tenants. As the book progresses, readers are introduced to a colorful cast of characters, each with their own distinct personality and eccentricities. From the demanding and peculiar Mr. Cripps, a permanently disgruntled tenant, to the lovable and well-intentioned Mr. Duson, who is constantly shrouded in mystery, the interactions between these individuals create a captivating dynamic.

Jerome's writing style is sharp and humorous, making this book a joy to read. His clever use of language and witty dialogue not only entertains but also highlights the absurdity of certain social conventions. Through Mrs. Korner's unconventional ways of running her lodging house, the author sheds light on the hypocrisy and narrow-mindedness of society, challenging readers to question the status quo.

Moreover, the author delves into themes of friendship, love, and the importance of embracing one's true self. As Mrs. Korner navigates the challenges of running her establishment and dealing with the idiosyncrasies of her tenants, she evolves into a compelling and endearing character. Her journey is not only entertaining but also serves as a reminder of the strength and resilience that can be found within oneself.

One of the aspects that make this novel stand out is the vivid and evocative descriptions of the setting. Jerome paints a vivid picture of the lodging house, allowing readers to immerse themselves fully in its atmosphere. From the creaking floorboards to the distinct smells wafting from the kitchen, the author creates a multi-sensory experience that brings the story to life.

However, while the book is surely entertaining, some readers may find the pacing slightly uneven. Certain subplots and characters could have been further explored, providing a deeper layer of complexity to the narrative. Additionally, the resolution to some of the conflicts feels somewhat rushed, leaving readers craving a more substantial and satisfying conclusion.

Despite these minor flaws, Mrs. Korner Sins Her Mercies is a charming and amusing novel that captivates readers with its vibrant characters and sharp humor. Jerome's skillful storytelling keeps the readers engaged from start to finish, making this book a delightful choice for anyone seeking an enjoyable and lighthearted read.

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By Jerome K. Jerome

"I do mean it," declared Mrs. Korner, "I like a man to be a man."

"But you would not like Christopher I mean Mr. Korner to be that sort of man," suggested her bosom friend.

"I don't mean that I should like it if he did it often. But I should like to feel that he was able to be that sort of man. Have you told your master that breakfast is ready?" demanded Mrs. Korner of the domestic staff, entering at the moment with three boiled eggs and a teapot.

"Yus, I've told 'im," replied the staff indignantly.

The domestic staff at Acacia Villa, Ravenscourt Park, lived in a state of indignation. It could be heard of mornings and evenings saying its prayers indignantly.

"What did he say?"

"Said 'e'11 be down the moment 'e's dressed."

"Nobody wants him to come before," commented Mrs. Korner. "Answered me that he was putting on his collar when I called up to him five minutes ago."

"Answer yer the same thing now, if yer called up to 'im agen, I 'spect," was the opinion of the staff. "Was on 'is 'ands and knees when I looked in, scooping round under the bed for 'is collar stud."

Mrs. Korner paused with the teapot in her hand. "Was he talking?"

"Talkin'? Nobody there to talk to; I 'adn't got no time to stop and chatter."

"I mean to himself," explained Mrs... Continue reading book >>

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