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Does the weather play a part in heightening the mystery of "After Twenty Years," by O....
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I would say that it plays only an indirect part in heightening the mystery.
All we know about the weather in this story is that it is raining by the middle of the story (it felt like it was going to rain at the start) and that the wind is blowing (gusty at first, steadily blowing later). This is not particularly mysterious weather. If O. Henry had wanted the weather to truly heighten the mystery, he might have made it be foggy, since fog lends a mysterious mood.
The weather does help create a sense of mystery because it makes sure that there are few people out and about. The empty streets make the setting more mysterious than crowded streets would have been.
Posted by pohnpei397 on December 10, 2011 at 6:55 AM (Answer #1)
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