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The Last Leaf by O. Henry

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Transcript of The Last Leaf by O. Henry

Greenwich Village
Comprehension Questions
1. The first two paragraphs describe the streets and the architecture as well as the type of people that come to live in Greenwich Village in the late nineteenth century.
What is a masterpiece?
Literature is full of stories of self-sacrifice, such as Dickens's famous novel, " A Tale of Two Cities", and O. Henry's Christmas story, "The Gift of the Magi".
Chapter 5
The Last Leaf
by O. Henry

a chafing dish
Bishop's sleeves
Ragtime is fast-paced music that was popular in the 1920's. It was the forerunner of jazz.
2. Johnsy feels she is fated to die because she compares her frail condition to the falling leaves of the ivy vine. She believes she will die when the last leaf falls from the tree.
3. Mr. Behrman is an aging, failed artist with a stong German accent. His manner is gruff, but he has a kind heart. He is very solicitous toward Johnsy and Sue. He "regarded himself as especial mastiff-in-waiting to protect the two young artists..."
4. Mr. Behrman's masterpiece was the realistically painted leaf on the tree outside Johnsy's window.
5. We get a hint that Berhman will help Johnsy when he tells Sue, “dis is not any blace in which one so goot as Miss Yohnsy shall lie sick. Some day I will baint a masterpiece…”

6. The story ends with Berhman dying of pneumonia from having worked outside in the storm, painting the leaf on the ivy vine. This gives Johnsy the will to live.
2. charming, old fashioned
5. one who destroys with violence
7. courtly, gentlemanly
8. walked in a boastful manner
9. concerned
10. a big guard dog
11. gloomy
12. lined, covered
13. notched, uneven
14. ridicule
15. stylish
quaint
4. sociable, friendly
prowl
6. attacks, strikes
traverse 1. walk across

ravager
3. wander, roam
scoff
Elegant
chivalric
mastiff
congenial
morbid
solicitous
paved
serrated
smites
swaggered
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