By O. Henry
This selection of a hundred of O Henry's most interesting tales is a show off for the sheer number of considered one of America's most sensible and best-loved brief tale writers the diversity of the tales is astounding; O Henry is as at domestic describing existence south of the Rio Grande as he's chronicling the actions and issues of 'the 4 million' traditional electorate who inhabited turn-of-the-century long island. they're marked via twist of fate and shock endings in addition to the compassion and excessive humour that experience made O Henry's tales renowned for the final century.
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Would never a policeman lay hands on him? In his fancy the Island seemed an unattainable Arcadia. He buttoned his thin coat against the chilling wind. In a cigar store he saw a well-dressed man lighting a cigar at a swinging light. His silk umbrella he had set by the door on enter ing. Soapy stepped inside, secured the umbrella and sauntered off with it slowly. The man at the cigar light followed hastily. 'My umbrella,' he said sternly. ' sneered Soapy, adding insult to petit larceny. 'Well, why don't you call a policeman?
Old Mother Hubbard was boosting me to beat the band as a genuine Pomeranian-Hambletonian-Red-Irish-Cochin-ChinaStoke-Pogis fox terrier. The fat lady chased a V around among the samples of gros grain flannelette in her shopping-bag till she cor nered it, and gave up. From that moment I was a pet - a mamma's own wootsey squidlums. ' From a pedigreed yellow pup I grew up to be an anonymous yellow cur looking like a cross between an Angora cat and a box of lemons. But my mistress never tumbled. She thought that the two primeval pups that Noah chased into the ark were but a collateral branch of my ancestors.
She had seen the money on the table. ' said Joe. 'Just ask the man from Peoria. He got his depot to-day, and he isn't sure but he thinks he wants another parkscape and a view on the Hudson. ' 'Five o'clock, I think,' said Dele plaintively. 'The iron - I mean the rabbit came off the fire about that time. You ought to have seen General Pinkney, Joe, when - ' 'Sit down here a moment, Dele,' said Joe. He drew her to the couch, sat down beside her and put his arm across her shoulders. ' he asked. She braved it for a moment or two with an eye full of love and stubbornness, and murmured a phrase or two vaguely of General Pinkney; but at length down went her head and out came the truth and tears.
100 Selected Stories by O. Henry