‘Shot of Short’ #8: Jellicoe

Title: Jellicoe by R. S. Porteous
Date Read: 07 October 2008
Available Online?: NO
Briefly: An unassuming hen-pecked husband becomes an unexpected hero of the Australian Navy during WW2
Afterthoughts: This was a good story. Nice length, nice flow and a satisfying ending. Porteous does well in ‘painting’ a good chief protagonist.
Notable Quote: “Apart from his unshaven chin and flapping sleeves the only thing you noticed about Mr. Smithers was his umbrella. Except on the finest of days he never went down the street without it. He never swung it like a walking-stick and he seldom opened it. He hooked his left thumb into the waist-band of his trousers and hung the umbrella on his wrist. Unkind people said he used it solely as a weapon of defence – to protect himself against the onslaught of Mrs. Smithers. “

Rating: ★★★★☆

*Story read as part of my 100 Shots of Short reading challenge.

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