Henry Short Stories O. Henry is known for entertaining and clever short stories.
Retrieved November 29,from http: Next The embedded audio player requires a modern internet browser. You should visit Browse Happy and update your internet browser today! The policeman on the beat moved up the avenue impressively. The impressiveness was habitual and not for show, for spectators were few.
The time was barely 10 o'clock at night, but chilly gusts of wind with a taste of rain in them had well nigh de—peopled the streets. Trying doors as he went, twirling his club with many intricate and artful movements, turning now and then to cast his watchful eye adown the pacific thoroughfare, the officer, with his stalwart form and slight swagger, made a fine picture of a guardian of the peace.
The vicinity was one that kept early hours. Now and then you might see the lights of a cigar store or of an all—night lunch counter; but the majority of the doors belonged to business places that had long since been closed.
When about midway of a certain block the policeman suddenly slowed his walk. In the doorway of a darkened hardware store a man leaned, with an unlighted cigar in his mouth.
As the policeman walked up to him the man spoke up quickly. It's an appointment made twenty years ago. Sounds a little funny to you, doesn't it? Well, I'll explain if you'd like to make certain it's all straight.
About that long ago there used to be a restaurant where this store stands—'Big Joe' Brady's restaurant. The light showed a pale, square—jawed face with keen eyes, and a little white scar near his right eyebrow. His scarfpin was a large diamond, oddly set.
He and I were raised here in New York, just like two brothers, together. I was eighteen and Jimmy was twenty. The next morning I was to start for the West to make my fortune.
You couldn't have dragged Jimmy out of New York; he thought it was the only place on earth. Well, we agreed that night that we would meet here again exactly twenty years from that date and time, no matter what our conditions might be or from what distance we might have to come.
We figured that in twenty years each of us ought to have our destiny worked out and our fortunes made, whatever they were going to be. Haven't you heard from your friend since you left? You see, the West is a pretty big proposition, and I kept hustling around over it pretty lively.
But I know Jimmy will meet me here if he's alive, for he always was the truest, stanchest old chap in the world. I came a thousand miles to stand in this door to—night, and it's worth it if my old partner turns up.
I hope Jimmy has done half as well. He was a kind of plodder, though, good fellow as he was."Twenty years ago to–night," said the man, "I dined here at 'Big Joe' Brady's with Jimmy Wells, my best chum, and the finest chap in the world.
He and I were raised here in . After Twenty Years Summary is adapted from the great works of O. Henry. The incident in the story takes place on a dark, windy New York City business avenue where a policeman discovers a man standing in a dark doorway. Summary Ofshort Story After Twenty Years Written By O Henry.
When you spend time in jail, you get a new view on life. Since O' Henry spent some time in jail for embezzling, his stories all seem to have a lawless element. Running from the law seems to be a big part of his short stories, and even more than his famous surprise endings, the obvious similarities between the stories, especially the.
He has written 8 story collections and a total of short stories and 17 Novellas in his career. He was also selected to be the editor of The Best American Short Stories of , and also won the O. Henry . Complete summary of O. Henry's After Twenty Years. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of After Twenty Years.
O. Henry's short story, 'After Twenty Years,' focuses on the reunion of two old friends: Jimmy and Bob. Through their brief encounter, the two explore the themes of friendship, loyalty, and trust.