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What is Bob's criticism of Jimmy in the short story "After Twenty Years" by O'Henry?

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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted August 16, 2012 at 7:46 PM (Answer #1)

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A criticism, according to Webster, is the act of making a judgment of qualities of comparative worth.  Bob is very proud of himself.  He feels that he has been very successful. He dresses and acts the man of influence and wealth.  He feels that Jimmy was not going to be as successful after the twenty years have passed because he didn't want to leave his surroundings, and he just wasn't that aggressive.  Bob says,

"I've had to compete with some of the sharpest wits going to get my pile.....It takes the West to put the razor-edge on him. (pg 2)

However, Jimmy decided to stay in New York.

"You couldn't have dragged Jimmy out of New York; he thought it was the only place on earth." (pg 2)

Bob's big criticism is that

"I hope Jimmy has done half as well. He was kind of a plodder though, good fellow as he was.......A man gets in a groove in New York."

Bob also has a good criticism of Jimmy.  He says,

"....he always was the truest, stauchest old chap in the world." (pg 2)

My copy of the story is from the internet, so the page numbers might be different.  However, the story is not that long, and you should be able to find the quotes easily.


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