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The Observations of Henry

Jerome K. Jerome

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It gave me the blues for a day or two—that bit of news.  I had known her from a baby as you might say, and had taken an interest in her.  You can call it silly, but hotels and restaurants seemed to me less interesting now there was no chance of ever seeing her come into one again.

I went from Paris to one of the smaller hotels in Venice.  The missis thought I’d do well to pick up a bit of Italian, and perhaps she fancied Venice for herself.  That’s one of the advantages of our profession.  You can go about.  It was a second-rate sort of place, and one evening, just before lighting-up time, I had the salle-à-manger all to myself, and had just taken up a paper when I hears the door open, and I turns round.

I saw “her” coming down the room.  p. 41There was no mistaking her.  She wasn’t that sort.

I sat with my eyes coming out of my head till she was close to me, and then I says:

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Community Reviews

Droll. A little O. Henry though much milder. Charming narrator and period vernacular.

Charming little collection of tales told by the waiter Henry to the author, mostly about people he has known and how they managed to solve their romantic problems. Hint: usually with difficulty and after some comic entanglements! And warning: this book may contain sentimentality.

A pleasant enough collection of short stories told by Henry the well-travelled waiter. However, there is nothing in the way of novelty or great charm in the writing to really warrant looking for this.

Collection of humorous stories, the framing being that they are told by a waiter named Henry. Generally good, but with the last, "The Wooing of Tom Sleight's Wife", is the best. It's a terrific tale in which a sailor, parted from the girl he'd secretly married in Maine, many years later falls in...more