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The reader feels gratified that Ben Price decides not to arrest Jimmy Valentine. This must be because the reader feels Jimmy should be rewarded for saving a little girl from certain death. Ben...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2015 12:13 am UTC

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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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At the beginning of the story Jimmy Valentine is being released from jail. He was a burglar, and very good at it. He returns to his old apartment and picks up his tools for cracking safes....

Latest answer posted August 20, 2009 1:49 am UTC

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The entire concept of "The Cop and the Anthem" is ironic. That is what makes it such an amusing and enjoyable story even after all these years. Here is a man who is actually trying to get arrested....

Latest answer posted February 27, 2015 2:41 pm UTC

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O. Henry's stories that are often comic or sentimental tales are developed upon some contradiction or incongruity in the narrative. For instance, in "After Twenty Years" the contradiction is that...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 11:29 pm UTC

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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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Typical of his writing, the short story "A Retrieved Reformation" has its resolution in O. Henry's customary surprise ending. And, clearly,this story evidences the verity of the statement about...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2009 4:30 am UTC

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The tongue-in-cheek title foreshadows the irony and subtle comedy in the story. The “princess” refers to Josefa O’Donnell, who is represented as “the princess” because her father owns more cattle...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 1:01 pm UTC

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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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It should be noted that Jimmy Wells does not know that his old friend is nicknamed 'Silky' Bob. O. Henry does not want Jimmy to know the last name of the man wanted by the Chicago police. Bob's...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2015 11:06 pm UTC

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In "The Princess and the Puma," the theme is based on a man who pretends to be a hero. Rip givens is smitten with the princess Josefa. He vows to marry her. One night, Givens was camping out at...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2012 10:31 pm UTC

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Jimmy Valentine is an inveterate gangster and his specialty is cracking safes (especially those in banks!). Once out of prison, it isn't long before he's "at it" again, and police officer...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2008 1:06 am UTC

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The story opens with a scene of a police officer patrolling the streets late at night (at a time when the streets are deserted). The police officer spots and walks up to a man who will later be...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019 7:14 pm UTC

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The external conflict has to do with the twenty years that have passed since the two men have seen one another. People change a lot in twenty years, and both men have no idea what to look for in...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 11:23 am UTC

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First, there is a cop that remains unnamed until the end of the story. He is described as "a fine-looking cop, watchful, guarding the peace." Other than this, we do not learn too much information...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2018 6:03 pm UTC

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In writing your essay, start with an introduction to the story you are discussing and briefly explain the characters. You might want to explain their relationship to one another and why they are...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2011 12:08 am UTC

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I think I would say that the climax of the story is when the police officer (not Jimmy Wells, but the second one who comes to arrest Bob) tells Bob that he is under arrest. I think I would say that...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2010 10:24 pm UTC

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If you read the text very closely, you can infer some details about Mike and his relationship with Jimmy. Jimmy was in jail because of a "Springfield job" that he got caught doing. He was robbing...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2009 12:46 pm UTC

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To be filled with a sense of poignancy means that you are filled with emotion, or touched by the events of the story. It is a tear-jerking or moving moment. In "After Twenty Years," we are drawn...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2009 2:29 am UTC

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In the twenty years since the two friends ate at "Big Joe" Brady's Restaurant, much has changed. For one thing, the restaurant is no longer in business as of five years ago. Instead, there is a...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2011 2:39 pm UTC

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I appears that this question does not have a specific story in mind, so I'll use "The Ransom of Red Chief" for examples of how O. Henry uses dialect. Dialect is the language used by people...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019 2:56 pm UTC

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First, the title itself is ironic: "The Green Door" is about a young man's sense of adventure leading him to knock on a green door, but, the card that is handed to him by the ornate man...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2008 5:01 pm UTC

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The story “After Twenty Years” by O. Henry involves two main characters Jimmy and Bob or “Silky Bob” as we come to know him. Silky Bob is dressed in fine clothes with diamond jewelry. The author...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2010 8:53 am UTC

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In "A Retrieved Reformation," Jimmy Valentine changes when he gets to Elmore. A former safecracker who served time in jail, Jimmy falls in love with a woman named Annabel Adams and decides to give...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016 9:46 pm UTC

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The exposition (or background information) of the story is that there is a very wealthy cattle rancher who has a daughter, Josefa, who is very skilled at riding and shooting. Rising action occurs...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2009 9:32 am UTC

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"The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief" both use situational irony to teach a moral lesson. In one story, the moral lesson shows the protagonists in a favorable light, and, in the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018 1:45 pm UTC

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Ben Price is the law-man that persistently hunts down the infamous Jimmy Valentine. And, persistence is one of his defining characteristics. He knows Valentine's style and habits, so when he...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2009 11:49 am UTC

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Both Jimmy Valentine and Ben Price take a turn for the better. Jimmy decides to stop robbing banks and "go straight" after years of burglary and petty theft. Then he even puts his own future in...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2009 10:32 pm UTC

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O. Henry's short story endings are so effective because they are surprising. Whether he is writing sentimentally or humorously, his stories usually end with a twist that defies conventional...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020 11:08 am UTC

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O. Henry's touching short story with the mildly surprising ending is about two old friends, twenty years, and life's vagaries and changes. Bob and Jimmy Wells at the ages of eighteen and twenty...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2011 12:59 am UTC

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In this short story, the bounty hunter Ben Price is hot on the heels of Jimmy Valentine(alias Ralph Spencer), a small-time bank robber and specialist in safe-cracking. Since his release from...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2009 5:12 pm UTC

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First, I think that the theme of this short story is that different people are different, no matter how much they like one another. In the story, the two men were like brothers and grew up in the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2010 10:14 pm UTC

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One of the main areas of conflict in the story is between the friendship that Jimmy Wells feels for Bob and the duty that Wells feels as a police officer. He is forced to choose between his...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2010 5:38 am UTC

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The climax of After Twenty Years occurs when the main character's friend is arrested by the plain clothes officer. The protagonist, conflicted between his loyalty to his friend and his obligation...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2009 6:11 am UTC

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In "After Twenty Years" O Henry focuses on the honor of the policeman on the beat, on the significance and importance of honesty. Destiny is another topic that is illustrated in the story, one man...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2008 7:20 am UTC

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“A Retrieved Reformation” opens appropriately in prison. This is mainly to show that Jimmy Valentine may be a top professional safecracker and a smooth operator, but he does get caught. He is...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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O. Henry emphasizes that the plainclothes policeman who comes to arrest Bob is quite tall. The author's purpose is to suggest that the man is bigger than Bob and could overcome him with force if...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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