What is the theme of "Hearts and Hands" by O. Henry?
One of the main themes of O. Henry's short story "Hearts and Hands" is society's focus on appearances. Even though Mr. Easton is a convict, he successfully puts on the air of a marshal so as not to embarrass himself in front of Miss Fairchild. The interaction shows both how much their social circle cares about keeping up appearances and how deceptive those appearances can be, since they fail to indicate many things, such as criminality.
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