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Skilled Assistance Ship's Company, Part 9.   By: (1863-1943)

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Skilled Assistance Ship's Company, Part 9 by W. W. Jacobs is a gripping and captivating continuation of the well-known series. In this installment, Jacobs masterfully weaves together various plotlines, keeping readers engrossed from beginning to end.

The book picks up where the previous installment left off, diving deeper into the lives and struggles of the ship's crew and their interactions with skilled assistance personnel. With his characteristic wit and knack for storytelling, Jacobs introduces a range of new characters who add depth and complexity to the narrative.

One of the standout features of this book is the author's ability to create a sense of realism, allowing readers to truly immerse themselves in the world of the ship and its crew. The attention to detail is impressive, from the description of the ship's workings to the intricacies of life at sea, all of which add an authentic touch to the story.

Jacobs' dialogue is another strength of the book, as it skillfully reflects the personalities and backgrounds of the characters. The interactions between the crew members are believable and often laced with humor, providing moments of levity amidst the challenges they face.

Furthermore, the book explores deeper themes such as loyalty, friendship, and the impact of one's actions. As the plot unfolds, readers are confronted with moral dilemmas that force them to consider the consequences of choices made by both the ship's crew and the skilled assistance personnel.

While this installment serves as a part of a larger series, it can also be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Jacobs expertly balances providing backstory for new readers while also satisfying long-time fans of the series.

Overall, Skilled Assistance Ship's Company, Part 9 is a highly enjoyable read that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment. Jacobs' storytelling prowess, well-developed characters, and engaging plot make this book a must-read for fans of maritime fiction and anyone looking for a thrilling adventure on the high seas.

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By W.W. Jacobs

[Illustration: 'I tell you, I am as innercent as a new born babe'.]


The night watchman, who had left his seat on the jetty to answer the gate bell, came back with disgust written on a countenance only too well designed to express it.

"If she's been up 'ere once in the last week to, know whether the Silvia is up she's been four or five times," he growled. "He's forty seven if he's a day; 'is left leg is shorter than 'is right, and he talks with a stutter. When she's with 'im you'd think as butter wouldn't melt in 'er mouth; but the way she talked to me just now you'd think I was paid a purpose to wait on her. I asked 'er at last wot she thought I was here for, and she said she didn't know, and nobody else neither. And afore she went off she told the potman from the 'Albion,' wot was listening, that I was known all over Wapping as the Sleeping Beauty.

"She ain't the fust I've 'ad words with, not by a lot. They're all the same; they all start in a nice, kind, soapy sort o' way, and, as soon as they don't get wot they want, fly into a temper and ask me who, I think I am. I told one woman once not to be silly, and I shall never forget it as long as I live never. For all I know, she's wearing a bit o' my 'air in a locket to this day, and very likely boasting that I gave it to her... Continue reading book >>

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