After Twenty Years Questions and Answers

After Twenty Years

Another possible moral lesson intended by O. Henry in "After Twenty Years" is that once a man becomes an habitual criminal he can never trust anybody, not even his own best friend. This is the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2014, 12:08 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Bob and Jimmy both grew up in New York City, but when Bob was eighteen and Jimmy was twenty, Bob decided to leave the city and head out West to try to get rich. Jimmy was dedicated to New York and...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019, 4:54 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

O. Henry's "After Twenty Years" may be interpreted as a tale of friendship since the two old friends both return to their favorite restaurant after twenty years as they have promised each other...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2016, 10:57 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Jimmy has to have his old friend arrested because it is Jimmy's sworn duty to enforce the law. It should be noted, however, that O. Henry deliberately softens Jimmy's betrayal by making Bob's...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2013, 12:43 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

One of the principal themes in O. Henry's short story "After Twenty Years" is the way in which time changes people. Both Bob and Jimmy have long memories and have remained true to their word,...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2021, 10:39 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

A serial criminal called "Silky Bob" has come to New York to meet up with his old friend Jimmy Wells. Twenty years earlier, the two men had agreed to meet outside a hardware store. Amazingly, Bob...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021, 10:40 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The predominant conflict in "After Twenty Years" is an internal one that is not apparent to the reader until the surprise ending of the story. This internal conflict arises between friendship and...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2017, 2:20 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

It is clear that both Jimmy and Bob in “After Twenty Years” have long memories and a deep attachment to one another. They both recall and honor the pact they made twenty years earlier, and Bob, as...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2020, 4:02 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

At the end of the story, Jimmy sends Silky Bob a note that says, Somehow I couldn't do it myself, so I went around and got a plain clothes man to do the job. We can surmise, from everything that...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020, 10:40 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

One valuable takeaway from O'Henry's "After Twenty Years" is that the past always catches up to you. Bob lives a life of crime, and he thinks all his "hustling around" will never catch up to him....

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The main situational irony in "After Twenty Years" involves the fact that Bob is waiting for Jimmy and doesn't realize he is actually talking to him. Then when Jimmy leaves, Bob thinks Jimmy didn't...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2015, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The short story "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry does have a tragic ending as two close friends who have vowed to reunite after twenty years, find themselves too changed to remain friends. Both...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Jimmy had to make a difficult choice between two painful alternatives. On the one hand, he could have gone on his way and let Silky Bob escape from the law. In that case, Jimmy would have felt...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2014, 11:21 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Jimmy Wells was once the best friend ("chum") of Bob, now a noted criminal. They grew up as if they were brothers, but went their separate ways twenty years before. Bob headed out west when he was...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019, 8:19 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Here is a plot outline that you can alter to the diagram that you need: 1. Exposition - The beat policeman moves impressively and has a "watchful eye" as he moves up and down his street. He slows...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2011, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Bob realizes that the man with whom he talks is not Jimmy Wells after they walk under the brilliant electric lights of a drug store. He is startled that this man is a stranger, and he exclaims,...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2016, 10:49 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The significance of the title of O’Henry’s “After Twenty Years” is great. Taken literally, the title reflects that the action of the story takes place after twenty years of time have elapsed....

Latest answer posted July 18, 2020, 11:53 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

One symbol in the story is the restaurant, Big Joe Brady's Restaurant, where the old friends in the story are supposed to reunite after twenty years. Before Bob left for the west twenty years...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2018, 11:57 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The appointment between Bob and Jimmy to meet again in twenty years was just for the sake of reunion. It was similar to the thousands of class reunions, family reunions, and all the other reunions...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016, 5:45 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Although Jimmy is a cop and Bob is a thief, when all is said and done they're still old friends. Jimmy has done his professional duty as a police officer, but he can't bring himself to confront his...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2018, 11:04 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The fact that "Silky" Bob traveled a thousand miles to meet his old friend Jimmy Wells suggests many things about him. For one thing, it suggests that he doesn't have many friends, if any. Bob has...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2014, 5:20 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

It seems to me that by using the word "should" in your question you are asking, not what would you do, but what should you do if you were in Jimmy's position. It seems to me that, as much as I feel...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2013, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The appointment in O. Henry's "After Twenty Years" is a prearranged meeting between two friends who parted one night and agreed to meet again two decades later at 'Big Joe' Brady's restaurant. One...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2018, 4:44 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

O. Henry builds the suspense in this story by introducing the two characters, and then not letting you know who is who right away. They are two old friends who are meeting after twenty years, and...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015, 11:27 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

In the short story "After Twenty Years," the author O. Henry creates an atmosphere of mystery and uncertainty to set up the surprise ending. He does this by describing the weather, the time, and...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The two men, Silky Bob and Jimmy Wells, grew up together and were very close. When they each decided to go different ways, Bob to find his fortune in the West and Jimmy to settle in New York, they...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011, 7:25 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The overall tone and feeling of O. Henry’s “After Twenty Years” is somewhat somber and reminiscent. It follows the two men, Jim and Bob, whose lives have vastly diverged over time, and it...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The quote you mentioned—especially the words "his egotism enlarged by success"—tells us much about Bob's personality and character. Those words highlight Bob's materialistic predilections....

Latest answer posted August 14, 2018, 2:52 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

I understood the term "guardian of the peace" to be synonymous with the term "police officer." "Guardian of the peace" or "guardians of the peace" may have been used frequently in newspapers and...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2016, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

In O. Henry's short story "After Twenty Years," the resolution of the problem or conflict is that Silky Bob is arrested and taken to jail, and Jimmy is disconsolate over losing his old friend to...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016, 10:25 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Both verbal irony and situational irony are identifiable in O. Henry's short story "After Twenty Years." The situational irony is clear, as the twist at the end of the story reveals an unexpected...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2018, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The setting of "After Twenty Years" is a relatively quiet street in New York at around 10 at night. There is a wind and the threat of rain, so most of the people have hurried indoors, and the...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017, 12:45 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The two friends, Jimmy Wells and Bob, have disparate lifestyles, reflecting their contrasting values. These contrasting values are represented by their chosen locales. Jimmy chose to stay in New...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The policeman sees the face of the "stranger" while he is walking his regular beat and meets him in the middle of the block, in "the doorway of a darkened hardware store." The man explains why he...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019, 9:55 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

There are a number of slight hints that Bob is a disreputable character. For instance, there is his appearance. The man in the doorway struck a match and lit his cigar. The light showed a pale,...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2015, 10:08 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The title of “After Twenty Years” is ironic because two old friends are reuniting after a long time, but they are now on opposite sides of the law. When Bob sees Jimmy, he does not recognize him....

Latest answer posted November 6, 2012, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The climax in a story is the peak of emotional intensity. In "After Twenty Years" this peak is reached when Bob and the arresting officver arrive at the corner drug store which is brilliantly...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2013, 10:26 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Jimmy Wells (Patrolman Wells) is a loyal and trustworthy friend. He was at "the appointed place," but couldn't bring himself to arrest his friend. "Silky" Bob, might be considered a loyal friend...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2010, 6:16 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Jimmy and Bob have known each other all their lives. They grew up in the same neighborhood in Manhattan. That means they probably played together in the streets like all the other kids. They went...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016, 12:26 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The only obvious simile in the story occurs when Bob is telling the policeman, whom he doesn't recognize as his old friend Jimmy Wells, about the strong friendship that had existed between the two...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016, 6:40 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

"After Twenty Years" is set in New York City in the early part of the twentieth century. It is a neighborhood of shops and offices. It is dark and the streets are nearly deserted. The area has the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016, 12:10 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The story is told by an anonymous narrator and features two points of view, those of Jimmy and Bob. Although Jimmy is not identified, the fact that it is this cop's point of view is shown from the...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016, 12:04 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

O. Henry's ironic story of the twenty year reunion of two old friends, one of whom went West to make his fortune, depicts Bob's having come a thousand miles to meet Jimmy Wells back in New York. As...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2013, 4:53 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Dialogue and the sequence of events in "After Twenty Years" work to reveal the characters of Jimmy and Bob along with the story's theme through the information they provide. Dialogue to reveal...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016, 10:43 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The fact that both men showed up for their promised rendezvous after twenty years shows that they were once very close friends. However, it does not prove that they are still close friends. They...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2015, 8:10 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Jimmy recognizes his old friend Bob while he talks to him in the doorway of what once was Brady's restaurant. As Bob lights his cigar, Jimmy recognizes the "pale, square-jawed face with keen eyes...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2016, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

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...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2018, 1:24 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Bob has only been superficially more successful than Jimmy. Bob has some flashy clothes and accessories, but he has no home, no family, no friends (except Jimmy), no roots, and he is continually on...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016, 7:01 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The policeman, whom we later learn is Jimmy Wells, asks Bob, the man in the doorway, a pointed question. “I'll be on my way. Hope your friend comes around all right. Going to call time on him...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2015, 7:47 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Bob describes Jimmy to the policeman on the beat, telling him that Jimmy Wells is "the finest chap in the world." He adds that they were like brothers, and Jimmy was very loyal. However, he adds...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015, 7:00 am (UTC)

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