Night Watches

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Author: W.W. Jacobs
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 37,467 / 109 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 97.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,233
Added to site: 2005.12.21 12315

A new volume of this favorite humorist's most delightful stories of seamen, longshoremen, and people of sea towns.

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, followed by his companion, noiselessly ascended the stairs and peeped into the room. Mr. Flynn was fast asleep, and not a muscle moved as the two men approached the bed on tip-toe and stood looking at him. The doctor turned after a minute and led the way out of the room.

"We'll call again," he said, softly.

"Yes, sir," said Mrs. Scutts. "When?"

The doctor and his companion exchanged glances. "I'm very busy just at present," he said, slowly. "We'll look in some time and take our chance of catching him awake."

Mrs. Scutts bowed them out, and in some perplexity returned to Mr. Flynn. "I don't like the look of 'em," she said, shaking her head. "You'd better stay in bed till Bill comes 'ome in case they come back."

"Right-o," said the obliging Mr. Flynn. "Just step in and tell my landlady I'm 'aving a chat with Bill."

He lit his pipe and sat up in bed smoking until a knock at the front door at half-past eleven sent him off to sleep again. Mrs. Scutts, who was sitting downstairs, opened i


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Henry L. Ratliff

(1914) Humor (Mostly) / Short story collection


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    Stories of, and by those that serve at night, guarding and watching.


    o A man is injured in a trolly car crash, or is he?

    o Money can be made if the doctors can be fooled.

    o But, how can he live a somewhat normal life and at the same time always be available for inspection, in bed with a bad back?


    o A girl and boy want to get married.

    o However, her father, a ship's captain, is not ready to give up his little girl.

    o The girl is confined to the ship and a guard is set up to keep her on, and the boy off the boat.


    o A dog tale.

    o A con game.


    o A wife inherits money.

    o But the husband tries to control that money.

    o There might be one way for the weaker to become the stronger.


    o A man gets himself groom to the point that his friend says that even his own wife will not know him.

    o The idea is not taken seriously.

    o Not taken seriously until his wife and relatives decide to have some fun.


    o Genre: Intrigue / Mystery

    o One of three sisters dies.

    o She declares on her death bed that she will make the way easier for the others.

    o But, greed and money are involved


    o A practical joke gone wrong.


    o A girl's military father wants her to marry only a brave man.

    o The father is not afraid of anything alive..

    o The girl's boyfriend may be able to put the fear of the ''not alive
    to work for his benefit.


    o A girl needs money to get her boyfriend a gift.

    o She has a plan.
    [O] After all she is a pretty girl and has other suitors.


    o An actor befriends a sailor.

    o He has a motive. He wants to be able to act the part of a sailor on stage.

    o He makes a very good impersonation of the sailor.

    o The problems start.

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