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The Observations of Henry

Jerome K. Jerome

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ncestral estates, and who drops ‘is ‘h’s,’ complications are sooner or later bound to a-rise. Me out of it—everything’s simple. Savey?”

Well, that’s just how it happened. Of course, there was a big row when the family heard of it, and a smart lawyer was put up to try and undo the thing. No expense was spared, you bet; but it was all no go. Nothing could be found out against her. She just sat tight and said nothing. So the thing had to stand. They went and lived quietly in the country and abroad for a year or two, and then folks forgot a bit, and they came back to London. I often used to see her name in print, and then the papers always said as how she was charming and graceful and beautiful, so I suppose the family had made up its mind to get used to her.

One evening in she comes to the Savoy. My wife put me up to get. . . Read More

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