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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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
    "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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    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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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    Mike Dolan owns a building in an unspecified small town. The building is not described in detail, but since it is a "small town," the building itself must be small. It is probably a wooden building...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    The reader should know Jimmy has changed through direct quotations from the text: Jimmy Valentine looked into [Abigail's] eyes, forgot what he was, and became another man. It took the love of an...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    In 'A Retrieved Reformation,' Jimmy Valentine, a former thief, finds himself in a dilemma. When little Agatha is accidentally locked in the Elmore bank safe, Jimmy must decide whether he will save...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    The enotes version of "A Retrieved Reformation" does not contain the sentence "Jimmy Valentine knew the game was over." I have checked several copies of the story available on Google and don't find...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    Ben Price does the right thing in letting Jimmy Valentine go because the man is truly reformed from his life of crime. "Guess you're mistaken, Mr. Spencer....Don't believe I recognize you. Your...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    O. Henry's subtle foreshadowing of Jimmy's re-involvement in safe cracking and the circumstances surrounding it occurs when he first sees Annabel Adams and asks about her. Then, the hints of...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    Jimmy's suitcase is so heavy because it is full of all his safecracking tools, which are made of tempered steel. O. Henry makes frequent references to this suitcase throughout the story. In his...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    This is a complex question. Jimmy wanted to go straight and to marry Annabel Adams. He no longer needs his custom-made safecracking tools, but he probably should have dumped them in some river...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    The theme of "A Retrieved Reformation" can probably be best expressed with the old adage "Honesty is the best policy." When Jimmy Valentine goes to Elmore, Arkansas, he is only planning to set up a...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    It only took Jimmy Valentine one week to be back in the safecracking business after he was released from prison and had retrieved his set of specialized tools. The tools are mentioned frequently...

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    O. Henry very cleverly plots his story "A Retrieved Reformation" so that Jimmy Valentine will be in his fiancee's father's bank with his suitcase full of highly specialized safecracking tools just...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    Jimmy seems to think very highly of himself before he encounters Annabel Adams in Elmore and falls in love at first sight. He is young, good-looking, smart, worldly wise, and well connected with...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    When Jimmy Valentine descends from the "mail-hack" in Elmore, Arkansas, he soon becomes "another man": He successfully opens a shoe store and gains the love of Annabel Adams, the approval of her...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    In "A Retrieved Reformation" there are several factors that all contribute to Jimmy Valentine's determination to reform. For one thing, he realizes that it is getting more difficult for him to stay...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    O. Henry portrays Jimmy Valentine as an essentially good man who has just gone down the wrong path in life. The warden takes an interest in him because he can see that Jimmy is not like the...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    The theme of O. Henry's "A Retrieved Reformation" can be stated in either of two old adages. One is "Crime does not pay." The other is "Honesty is the best policy." O. Henry served several years in...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    Since Jimmy Valentine and Ralph Spencer are the same person, there must be similarities in the hearts of each persona, while there can be differences in mental attitudes. Similarities “You’re...

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    In O. Henry's "A Retrieved Reformation," the detective who waits in the bank for Valentine, impressed with his good deed of opening the safe and saving the little girl, realizes that the criminal...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    Ben Price is a tough private detective. He could be described as Jimmy Valentine's nemesis. He could also be described as the antagonist in the story, with Jimmy, of course, being the protagonist....

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    Jimmy Valentine assumed the name of Ralph Spencer when he became a businessman and fell in love with Annabel Adams. He intended to leave his old name behind him along with his criminal past. When...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    Ben Price is the detective who successfully has arrested Jimmy Valentine and secured his conviction and prison sentence. As the primary investigator of the Jimmy Valentine case, Ben Price has come...

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  • A Retrieved Reformation
    The most convincing evidence that Jimmy Valentine has really changed and intends to reform completely is the fact that he gives up his specially designed burglar and safe-cracking tools. O. Henry...

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    O. Henry employs an omniscient narrator, about whom no information is given. Perhaps, then, the intent of this question is whether the protagonist is a bank robber? This response will address the...

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