In “After Twenty Years,” by O. Henry, Bob is waiting for Jimmy to arrive at the reunion spot they agreed upon twenty years prior. As he waits on a cold, deserted, New York City street outside where “’Big Joe’ Brady’s,” a restaurant, used to be, a cop walks over. Bob reassures the cop that everything is fine, and then he proceeds to explain why he’s waiting, telling the cop about his old friend Jimmy. Bob describes Jimmy as his childhood best friend and “best fellow in the world" and “as true as any man in the world.” This description is important to how the story ultimately ends. They were like brothers, Bob continues, and he knows that if Jimmy is alive, he will meet him at the decided-upon spot. Bob, who has been out west for twenty years, adds that he knows Jimmy would never leave New York City, and that he is sure he will arrive.