What is a description of the man standing in the doorway of hardware store in O. Henry's "After Twenty Years"?
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The man standing in the doorway of what used to be 'Big Joe' Brady's restaurant waits for his friend with whom he has arranged a meeting. When the policeman on the beat walks up to him and speaks, the man assures the officer that he has good intentions,
It's an appointment made twenty years ago. I was eighteen and Jimmy was twenty. The next morning I was to start for the West to make my fortune....we agreed that night that we would meet her again exactly twenty years from that date and time....
When he strikes a match, the policeman sees a face that is fair, with a square jawline and keen eyes; a small scar runs near the right eyebrow. In addition, the man has a scarfpin that is a large diamond, set in an odd fashion.
Ironically, had he not lighted a cigar, the policeman would not have been able to see the man's face so well. For, the policeman is, in fact, his old friend Jimmy, and he recognizes a wanted man,"Silky Bob" as the one who waits.
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