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At the beginning of the story, the narrator claims that it shall begin with the premise that "When one loves one's Art no service seems to hard" and then claims that they will then prove that the...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 9:04 pm UTC

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The principal theme of O. Henry's "Hearts and Hands" is the deceptiveness of appearances. The story neatly expresses this theme when Miss Fairchild sees two men, one of whom is a handsome member of...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2020 11:13 am UTC

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Exposition in a story refers to the provision of essential information which provides background to the events about to unfold. It informs the reader about the setting, conditions, circumstances...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2017 11:41 am UTC

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I believe that the title most accurately reflects the main idea of the story, which is the fact that Johnsy, the main focus of the story, who was desperately ill and close to death was inspired to...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 4:09 pm UTC

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Pneumonia, called Mr. Pneumonia, is sweeping through the Greenwich Village neighborhood where two women artists, Johnsy and Sue, live in a studio. A doctor comes and tells Sue that Johnsy will...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017 4:46 pm UTC

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There are a number of literary devices in the story, but the most important one is irony. The whole situation is profoundly ironic, leading to the surprise ending. In other words, there is...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2017 11:51 am UTC

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This of course is a matter of opinion. My opinion is that O. Henry's main theme woven throughout this touching story is the importance of art in human life. The last leaf that Old Behrman painted...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2015 6:42 am UTC

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O. Henry is a short story writer famous for his ironic "twists" at the end of his stories. In "Hearts and Hands," the conflict and twist revolve around two men who are handcuffed to one another on...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2014 10:40 pm UTC

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"Old Behrman" is a sixty-year-old curmudgeon who lives on the ground floor of the "squatty three-story brick apartment building" in which two young aspiring artists, Sue and Johnsy, also dwell. Mr....

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 8:06 pm UTC

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The Cactus is one of the greatest critiques of egotism and hypocritical conceit by O’Henry. The basic storyline is simple. Trysdale, a young man, noble, wealthy and cultured, realizes that his girl...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2013 7:47 am UTC

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Della cuts all of her hair off to get enough money to buy her husband, Jim, a gold chain for his watch for Christmas. After she gets home, she does her best with a curling iron to make herself...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2013 4:34 pm UTC

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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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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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Mr. Easton is embarrassed because he doesn't want Miss Fairchild to see how far down in the world he's fallen. When she previously knew him back East, Mr. Easton was a member of the social elite....

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 7:12 am UTC

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Miss Martha somehow thinks that her simple act of kindness—adding butter to Blumberger's stale loaves of bread—will make her regular customer want to share a meal with her one evening instead of...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2018 9:28 am UTC

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O. Henry is making a humorous reference to the chronic inefficiency of the local streetcar system. Everyone thought that John Smothers had vanished that night when he went out to buy some medicine....

Latest answer posted August 25, 2018 8:17 am UTC

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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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Other examples of foreshadowing in "After Twenty Years" include one very significant one: When the man in the doorway lights a match and the policeman sees him, there is a scar on his face and...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2010 12:27 am UTC

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With climax being the point of greatest emotional intensity, interest, of suspense in a narrative, the plot of O. Henry's "The Last Leaf" has suspense after Sue asks Johnsy to not look out the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2011 4:09 am UTC

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To me, this story is essentially identical to O. Henry's more famous story "The Gift of the Magi." In both, the theme is love and the things that people do out of love. In this story, Joe and...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2010 4:24 am UTC

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In my opinion, there are two possible themes to the story. The first is that two people who are from the same place and who are good friends can still grow apart. This implies that some people are...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2010 3:59 am UTC

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Jim stops frozen in his tracks. His reaction is probably that he thinks he may have entered the wrong apartment by mistake. He doesn't even recognize his wife at first. He thinks he is looking at a...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016 3:20 pm UTC

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The theme of this story is, quite clearly, love and human decency. It is a story (like many of O. Henry's) about what people do (and should do) for love. Young Gillian is characterized as...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010 1:54 am UTC

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In O. Henry's short story "The Cactus" the man named Trysdale allows the girl he is in love with to believe that, among all his many other accomplishments for which she admires him, he knows the...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2015 12:17 am UTC

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The twist, or surprise, in O. Henry's story "The Last Leaf" comes at the very end. Johnsy has been expecting to die when the last ivy leaf fall off the vine attached to the brick wall of a...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 3:33 pm UTC

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There are only three main characters in "The Last Leaf." Johnsy is either listless or asleep most of the time, so she cannot be considered the best character. Sue and Old Behrman are both good...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2015 6:40 pm UTC

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When Mr. Easton mentions the ambassador, the young lady says that the ambassador doesn't call anymore and that he needn't ever have done so. Next, she changes the subject about the ambassador and...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019 7:35 pm UTC

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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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The exposition of a narrative is the first part of it, in which background information on character and setting are provided. It also establishes the problem of the narrative....

Latest answer posted January 20, 2018 5:04 am UTC

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Mr. Easton comes across to the casual observer as a very smart, affable kind of a guy. He presents a face to the world of a man whose manners and clothes are equally impeccable. He projects an aura...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2018 12:07 pm UTC

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In the story, Delia is loving, loyal, and caring. Delia marries Joe even though she knows that he is a struggling artist. When they experience straitened circumstances, Delia takes a job at a...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 10:10 pm UTC

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Yes, "The Last Leaf" presents a clear point of view. O'Henry does this by moving from an omniscient narrator who sets the scene for us to having the reader see almost all of the rest of the action...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 11:36 pm UTC

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Perhaps the German draftsman perceived those two particular loaves of bread as "witches' loaves" because they destroyed his plans, and he was, therefore, cursed by them. In other words, they were...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2011 9:30 pm UTC

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Most of the plot of this story occurs in "the past." The speaker has died and is going to be judged by God -- judged for his actions. While there, he is asked by an angel if he belongs to a...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2010 10:26 pm UTC

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The humorous tone of the story is most effective when a more serious tone would ordinarily be used. A prime example of this comes when the two hapless kidnappers receive a reply to their ransom...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2018 12:22 pm UTC

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In "Hearts and Hands," O. Henry is showing us how easy it is for appearances to be deceptive. In the story we're presented with an upper-class lady who recognizes a past member of her social...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2018 8:31 am UTC

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In literature climax is the point in a plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest. The climax is usually the point at which the conflict in the story is resolved. So, the...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2010 11:27 am UTC

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O. Henry's whole story is based on the idea of someone painting a fake ivy leaf on the wall of a building for the purpose of saving the life of a girl who believes she will die when the last...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 6:59 am UTC

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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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The power of friendship is a good theme. You would have to be explicit and explain how friendship and hope are connected. An even more compelling thesis might focus on the irony of Behrman getting...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2018 12:31 pm UTC

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I'm afraid I don't completely understand your question -- why the things in parentheses? I'll try to answer, let me know if you want to clarify what you mean. The setting of the story in Greenwich...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2010 12:53 am UTC

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The delightful and sentimental short story entitled "The Last Leaf" follows the traditional pattern outlined by Freytag and ends with O. Henry's renowned ironic reversal. Exposition As is the case...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 7:55 am UTC

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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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When we are introduced to the character of Behrman, O. Henry writes that he "regarded himself as especial masiff-in-waiting to protect the two young artists in the studio above," which...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2009 1:39 pm UTC

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Literally speaking, the policeman is commenting that Bob apparently has done well, at least financially, out West. Twenty years previously, Bob had left New York to make his fortune, heading to the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2010 8:30 am UTC

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Old Buhrman is a failed artist now fallen on hard times. He's a hopeless alcoholic, forced to eke out a living as a model for those struggling artists too poor to afford a professional. Sue is one...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2018 10:25 am UTC

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The story takes place in New York City, in an artists' enclave in Greenwich Village. Many local landmarks are mentioned, such as Delmonico's on 8th Street, 6th Avenue and Washington Square. It is...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2010 12:42 am UTC

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There isn't as much information about this story out there as some of O. Henry's more well-known works, but if you type the title into google you can get some pretty interesting hits and...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2009 10:06 am UTC

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In "Proof of the Pudding" by O. Henry, two men who were once close friends have now become estranged (separated) by a difference in lifestyles. Editor Westbrook has just received honors for having...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2011 6:12 am UTC

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The first mention of Behrman in the story “The Last Leaf” happens when Johnsy thinks to call him up to their house, at the top of the building, so that she can make a painting of him. Behrman is...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2018 11:50 am UTC

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