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What kind of mood does O'Henry create in "After Twenty Years?"
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The mood in “After Twenty Years” is ironic, reflective and wistful.
Mood is the emotion of a story.
This story is about two friends who agree to meet in twenty years. They both keep their date, but one turns out to be a criminal and one turns out to be a cop. The cop has to decide whether or not to turn his friend in. He finally decides he has to do something, so he gets another cop to arrest his friend and sends him a note.
The mood is reflective, and remembering.
"Twenty years ago to-night," said the man, "I dined here at 'Big Joe' Brady's with Jimmy Wells, my best chum, and the finest chap in the world.
It is also somewhat wistful, because things do not always stay the same. People change. We cannot control the change, but we sometimes have mixed feelings about it.
Finally, there is a high note of irony in the fact that one person became a cop and another a crook.
Well, well, well! --twenty years is a long time. The old gone, Bob; I wish it had lasted, so we could have had another dinner there.
Ironically, the cop has to decide whether he wants to be a good cop or a good friend. Will he honor his old friend’s memory, or do his duty? He decides he has to turn him in, but he can’t do it himself.
Posted by litteacher8 on May 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM (Answer #1)
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