Two men stood in the billiard-room of an old country
house, talking. Play, which had been of a half-hearted
nature, was over, and they sat at the open window,
looking out over the park ...
W. W. Jacobs, remembered today almost exclusively for his horror story "The Monkey's Paw" (The Lady of the Barge, 1902), was one of the most popular English humorists of the early twentieth century. H...