This is from a short story by O. Henry called "The Last Leaf."  I want to ask the meaning of the following sentence: In a little district west of Washington Square the streets have run crazy and broken themselves into small strips called "places." These "places" make strange angles and curves. One Street crosses itself a time or two. An artist once discovered a valuable possibility in this street. Suppose a collector with a bill for paints, paper and canvas should, in traversing this route, suddenly meet himself coming back, without a cent having been paid on account!

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In this passage that you quote here, the first three sentences are simply a description of a part of Manhattan (in New York City) that is called Greenwich Village.  The author is saying that the streets of...

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