It is from the story "The Strange Story" by O. Henry, I want to ask;-      i didnt get the climax which is not a usual one in o henry's story generally he at least gives some hints when he...

It is from the story "The Strange Story" by O. Henry, I want to ask;-

 

 

 


i didnt get the climax which is not a usual one in o henry's story generally he at least gives some hints when he ends the story this way. but here he ends it by saying:-

"I was a little late," said John Smothers, "as I waited for a street car."

any idea when he wants to say?


 

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jblederman | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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The story is basically a long joke. The last line is, of course, the punchline. The streetcar business in Austin was notorious for financial and mechanical failure. If one were waiting for a streetcar, one would almost certainly wait for a very long time. Because it is essentially a joke, this story can't have a traditional climax. John Smothers' revelation of what kept him so long, however, serves as the de facto climax, as a any punchline would in a joke of more than a few sentences.

O. Henry does give clues that he is telling a joke:

  • "I will go downtown and get some medicine for her," said John Smith (for it was none other than he whom she had married).
  • So John Smith did not go, and together they sat by the bedside of little Pansy (for that was Pansy's name).

 

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