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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    Jimmy Valentine decided to give up his life of crime because he falls in love with a beautiful, small-town girl named Annabel Adams. He knows such a perfect girl will not return his love if she...

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    Jimmy Valentine shows far greater courage at the end of "A Retrieved Reformation" because he knows he is probably sacrificing everything to save the life of a little girl trapped inside a bank...

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    Jimmy Valentine is pardoned because he has many important friends and connections on the outside. The last sentence of the first paragraph of the story indicates this important fact. When a man...

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    With tone as the attitude of the author towards his narrative, O. Henry seems to adopt a rather whimsical, amused, and light-hearted tone in "A Retrieved Reformation." In the exposition of the...

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    Jimmy’s safe-cracking tools are stored in a room in the café. After Jimmy Valentine gets out of prison, he goes to the café of Jimmy Dolan, where he has a room “at the back of the house.”...

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    While the ethics of his action are equivocal, Jimmy Valentine's plan to give the tools to a friend may be the only way that he can bear to part with them. Thus, his act becomes, perhaps, the lesser...

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    Jimmy's attitude towards the warden is dismissive. He playfully mocks the warden by displaying nonchalance and faux innocence when the warden gives him some unsolicited advice. According to the...

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    In the story, five-year-old Agatha has been locked in the vault by May, her nine-year-old sister. Accordingly, everyone can hear the child 'wildly shrieking in the dark vault in a panic of...

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    After Valentine is released, there is a series of safe-crackings with his signature. When Jimmy Valentine gets out of jail, he looks lovingly at his expensive safe-cracking tools. Perhaps he is...

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    The point of view of the story is third-person omniscient. Point of view is the perspective a story is told from, or which character is telling the story. The third-person omniscient point of view...

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    To Jimmy Valentine, the presence of Ben Price at the bank indicates that he has again been on Jimmy's trail and is there to arrest him. Recalling that it was the acumen and persistence of...

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    Jimmy's skillful use of his burglary tools clearly demonstrates his willingness to return to prison rather than have a child suffocate. His change of character is from partial self-interest to...

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    In a rather subtle way, O. Henry shows that Jimmy Valentine is coming to the realization that he is getting to be too well-known in the area around Indiana where he usually commits his safecracking...

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    Jimmy Valentine moves to Elmore, Arkansas to establish a new identity and to start a store as a "front" from which to continue to operate as a safecracker but look like a respectable businessman....

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    When Jimmy Valentine was a criminal he had to hide from the world. He couldn't have any friends, and he had no prospects of marrying, even though he is described as exceptionally smart,...

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    Jimmy Valentine's reformation is retrieved three times. When Jimmy Valentine receives his pardon from the governor of the state after serving only ten months of a four-year sentence, the warden...

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    Jimmy is young and cocky. He has a winning personality. Everybody likes him. The warden takes a special interest in him because he sees that Jimmy is a cut above the hardened cons he has to deal...

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    Jimmy Valentine is a young career criminal who specializes in safecracking. Ben Price is his nemesis. Price apparently works for a private detective agency which specializes in protecting banks in...

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    There are many people today who think that a life of crime is easy, glamorous, and luxurious. Most of them end up in prison sooner or later. They build records and are hounded by the law. They are...

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    Jimmy's change was triggered by his falling in love at first sight with the beautiful and highly respectable Annabel Adams. It should be noted, however, that he was already beginning to realize...

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    The text of O. Henry's "A Retrieved Reformation" does not specify that Ben Price has any conflict to resolve. He seems highly motivated to catch Jimmy Valentine and see that he is sent to prison....

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    Direct characterization is the explicit description of a character’s personality by the author. Indirect characterization reveals detail of a character’s personality without explicitly...

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    Jimmy Valentine just got out of prison for robbing safes. He is an expert at his job, and the expensive tools he had demonstrate how good at it he was and how much he enjoyed what he did. When...

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    The pertinent line is: As he went he thought he heard a far-away voice that he once knew call “Ralph!” The voice can only be that of Annabel Adams. Jimmy Valentine feels that he has lost...

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    The short answer is yes. Ben Price is not an official officer of the law. Banks employed private detective agencies, such as the famous Pinkerton's, for security in O. Henry's time. Ben Price was...

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    Jimmy responds to all the warden's advice with straight denial. This is the pertinent dialogue with regard to the warden's advice to live straight. “Now, Valentine,” said the warden,...

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    First of all, a five-year-old girl named Agatha has gotten accidentally locked in a new burglar-proof bank vault and she is hysterical. She will die of suffocation unless she can be rescued...

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    When Jimmy Valentine arrives in a small town in Elmore, Arkansas, for a potential safe-cracking job, he looks into the eyes of Miss Annabel Adams, daughter of the town's bank owner. Jimmy falls...

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    The cost of Jimmy’s tools means that he was a good safecracker. Jimmy has over nine hundred dollars’ worth of safe-cracking tools. The fact that he has this many expensive tools shows that he...

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    O. Henry suggests that Jimmy undergoes a sudden transformation when he first sees Annabel Adams. A young lady crossed the street, passed him at the corner and entered a door over which was the...

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    It does not seem likely that Jimmy Valentine returned to a life of crime. He had too many reasons for wanting to reform and stay reformed. He had a narrow escape when Ben Price decided not to...

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    When Jimmy fell in love with Annabel Adams at first sight, that was the beginning of his reformation. When he opened his suitcase in the bank and used his specialized safecracking tools to free the...

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    The guard did not tell Jimmy he had been pardoned. He only escorted him to the warden's office There the warden handed Jimmy his pardon, which had been signed that morning by the governor. The...

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    O. Henry uses Jimmy Valentine's dialogue to characterize him. Among his other traits, Jimmy is a very cautious man. There are several examples of dialogue early in the story which support this...

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    There are two good examples of irony involving Jimmy Valentine's reformation. One is that his past catches up with him just when he has decided to reform. The three safecracking jobs he pulls after...

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    Ben Price is Jimmy Valentine's nemesis. Ben is a tough, experienced, intelligent detective. O. Henry does not say that he is a police detective. Ben seems to be the kind of detective who worked for...

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    The conversation between the warden and Jimmy Valentine on the day of his release from prison is a justification for the title as Jimmy demonstrates no indication of having been reformed. Having...

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    O. Henry provides many proofs that Jimmy Valentine has changed. The entire story is about how Jimmy changes from a criminal into a solid citizen. The first direct proof of his change is stated in...

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    When Jimmy Valentine checks into the Planters' Hotel in Elmore, Arkansas, under the alias of Ralph Spencer, he prevents the clerk from calling the bellboy. Mr. Spencer thought he would stop over...

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    Jimmy's past catches up with him. He may have fallen in love and decided to reform. He may have saved the life of a little girl who was accidentally locked inside the bank vault. He may have become...

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    "A Retrieved Reformation" is written from the perspective of a third-person omniscient narrator who is telling about an event that occurred in the past and who confines himself almost entirely to a...

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    It would seem that the first important change in Jimmy Valentine occurred instantaneously when he fell in love at first sight with a small-town girl named Annabel Adams. A young lady crossed the...

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    In the opening part of the story, Jimmy Valentine receives a pardon from the governor and is released from state prison. He has now paid for the "Springfield job" which got him a four-sentence, and...

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    O. Henry shows that the triggering factor in Jimmy Valentine's reformation was that he fell in love at first sight with a beautiful small-town girl named Annabel Adams. Jimmy Valentine looked...

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    Jimmy is getting to be too well known as a master safe-cracker. This is one of the reasons why he moves to a different territory of operations in Elmore, Arkansas and also one of the reasons he...

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    Jimmy is the good guy. He is the viewpoint character. He is the guy we are rooting for--especially after he falls in love and becomes a changed man. We want to see him go straight, to become an...

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    The external conflict in "A Retrieved Reformation" is between Ben Price and Jimmy Valentine. One might say that this conflict had been ongoing before the story even started. Ben Price had arrested...

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    Jimmy had been sentenced to four years in prison for a "bank job" he had committed in Springfield. O. Henry does not provide much specific information about the crime. There are several cities...

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    Jimmy Valentine had served time for breaking into a safe. He was released after serving ten months of his four year jail term. While in jail, he worked in the prison shoe shop as a shoe maker....

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    On the day Jimmy Valentine is to hand over the tools of his former trade to an acquaintance, the reformed thief finds himself in a quandary. While everyone is admiring the bank's new vault, little...

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