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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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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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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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In "Hearts and Hands," the elegant, well-dressed Miss Fairchild encounters an old acquaintance on the train—Mr. Easton, a friend and possible former suitor from their "old crowd" in Washington, DC....

Latest answer posted June 5, 2021, 1:44 am (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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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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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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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 immediate reason why Rudolf chooses to open the green door is because a man distributing advertising cards has given him two cards upon which are printed the words "The Green Door." Rudolf is...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2010, 8:05 am (UTC)

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O. Henry's stories “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Last Leaf” share the theme of self-sacrificing love, even though their characters and situations are different. Let's look at each story in turn....

Latest answer posted March 7, 2022, 6:33 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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A prominent attorney tells the story of how his wife, in her customary fashion, kissed him goodbye as he left for work. He had been working very hard on a famous railroad law case, and his doctor...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2012, 8:42 pm (UTC)

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This story is about a husband who takes his wife for granted. They live in a terrible apartment, where the wife is cooped up all day. Every day, the husband comes home, eats the dinner the wife has...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018, 2:08 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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Joe and Delia trick each other in this story for much the same reason that Jim and Della do what they do in "The Gift of the Magi." They do it for love. Delia wants Joe to believe that she is...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2010, 5:41 am (UTC)

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A pendulum is a component on a clock that swings back and forth with every second in time. It is often used to refer things in life swinging from one extreme to the other. If you have a scale...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2009, 12:22 am (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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There are certainly quite a few tricky expressions in O. Henry's “Between Rounds” that might trip up readers. Let's look at some of these to clarify them. We'll begin with the first paragraph that...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2021, 4:00 pm (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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In "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog," author O. Henry tells the story from a dog's point of view. The dog feels sorry for the husband of the woman who owns him because she takes advantage of him and abuses...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2015, 10:10 pm (UTC)

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In "A Service of Love," Delia secretly ironed shirts at a laundry service shop in order to earn her weekly wages of fifteen dollars. Meanwhile, her husband would have been none the wiser if a...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2016, 1:47 pm (UTC)

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With his own inimitable wry humor, O. Henry writes a characteristically delightful story with a surprise ending in "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog." The dog himself is the narrator and it is from his...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011, 3:01 am (UTC)

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John seems to be a man discontented with the drudgery of his routine life. He comes home from work with "gloomy and downtrodden cynicism", knowing exactly what to expect when he gets...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009, 10:30 am (UTC)

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Terry O'Sullivan is really Tony Spinelli, an Italian man. Maggie is tired of going to the Clover Leaf Social Club dances with her friend Anna and Anna's boyfriend Jack. It seems like every week she...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019, 7:39 pm (UTC)

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In my opinion, what the author is showing here is that Miss Martha Meacham is giving up her hopes for romance. This is shown by her taking off her fancy clothes (the blue dotted silk waist, which...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010, 4:35 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 "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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Without knowing what is contained in previous paragraphs, it is rather difficult to suggest what precisely should be contained in the closing paragraph. However, a concluding paragraph has certain...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2013, 9:41 am (UTC)

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The title comes partially from Nevada admitting at the end of the story that she has never gone to school and does not know how to read. However, it also refers to the education that Barbara gets....

Latest answer posted May 9, 2012, 8:51 am (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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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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There's a fine line between dreams and delusions. There's nothing wrong with having dreams, of course, but they do need to have some kind of realistic foundation to them, otherwise you'll end up...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018, 8:19 am (UTC)

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Although it is true that O. Henry does not explicitly say what John Perkins' characteristics are, you can infer them from how he behaves in the story. The first thing you can see is that John is...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2009, 12:00 am (UTC)

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1) PERSONIFICATION (speaking about non-human entities as if they were human): a) "In the big city the twin spirits Romance and Adventure are always abroad seeking worthy wooers. As we roam the...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2010, 9:16 am (UTC)

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The narrator's friend Jeff is unfair in his business dealings. He is running a scheme where he gets men to pay $2.00 to be considered by a widow (with $2000) as a husband. He not only plans to...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2008, 10:15 am (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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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 the eighteenth and nineteenth century in Europe and America, a calling card, or visiting card, was an aspect of etiquette among the moneyed classes. If you had not been invited to visit someone...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018, 2:10 pm (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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Two stories of O. Henry that share a common theme are "The Last Leaf" and "A Retrieved Reformation." This theme is one that illustrates the power of unselfish love. In "The Last Leaf" two people...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016, 9:40 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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In the short story "Compliments of the Season" by O. Henry, the main character, Fuzzy, is a tramp who restores the rag doll Betsy to its rightful owner: a spoiled rich girl. Fuzzy has had too much...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018, 3:51 pm (UTC)

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When one reads about the "glum-faced" man, one thinks that he is the prisoner, and the well-dressed one is the officer. The officer, Mr. Easton, knows Miss Fairchild, another speaker, from their...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019, 2:30 am (UTC)

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In O. Henry's short story "The Marionettes," a character named Dr. James lives a double life. A doctor by day, he gains and betrays his patients' confidence to learn where they hide their...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2016, 7:03 pm (UTC)

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Henry’s short story “A Service of Love,” tells the story of two artists: Joe and Delia Larrabee. Joe, an artist since he was six, moved to New York to be a painter, and Delia moved north to develop...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019, 10:54 pm (UTC)

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The differences between these stories are many. "Red Chief" is a comedy for the most part, "The Last Leaf" is a rather sardonic tradegy, and "The Gift of the Magi" is more of a touching tale of a...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2009, 11:17 am (UTC)

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I forgot to add this reference for the above summary. http://www.literaturecollection.com/a/o_henry/214/

Latest answer posted February 25, 2012, 7:41 am (UTC)

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With the setting of a bakery, the encounter of Miss Martha Meacham and the middle-aged German man is initially one of chance, as well as one that is brief. Each day he comes for stale bread which...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2011, 2:59 pm (UTC)

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They tell us, among other things, that Mr. Easton, this conman on his way to prison, was once a member of the social elite. This is the same Washington social elite of which Miss Fairchild is a...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019, 8:03 am (UTC)

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