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After Twenty Years: By O. Henry
Transcript of After Twenty Years: By O. Henry
By O. Henry
Theme, Plot Summary,
and About the Author
About the Author
About the Author
Plot Diagram and
-A policeman walks down the street,
then meets a man standing in the
doorway of a hardware store.
1. intricate, pg428: complex; full of complicated details
3. absurdity, pg431:
"Silky" Bob (Man in the doorway):
-Direct: "The light showed a pale, square-jawed face..." pg 430
-Indirect: "But I know what Jimmy will meet me here if he was still alive..." pg 430
Justice: The outlaw, Bob, was caught, and put in jail.
The Law: Police Forces, or Jimmy, found the outlaw and arrested him.
Suspense: You'd never know what was or what would happen; there are many plot twists.
Friendship: Bob waited for Jimmy, knowing he would show up.
A policeman walks down the street,
then meets a man standing in the
doorway of a hardware store. The
man standing in the doorway says that
he's waiting for a man by the name of
Jimmy Wells, and tells the policeman
that when the restaurant "Big Joe"
Brady's was still around, he made a
promise to his friend Jimmy to meet him there in twenty years, no matter what the condition may be.
The men finish their conversation
and the policeman walks away.
Another man walks up to the man in
the doorway and asks if he was Bob.
They find out that they are Bob and
Jimmy Wells; and that they were those
friends. They start to walk down the
Metaphor(pg 430): "... the west is a pretty big proposition..."
Hyperbole(pg 430): "You couldn't have dragged Jimmy out of New York; he thought it was the only place on Earth."
Alliteration(pg 429): "...stalwart form and slight swagger..."
Onomatopoeia(pg 431): "... the wind had risen from its uncertain puffs into a steady blow."
Personification(pg 431): "How has the West treated ya, old man?"
O. Henry, under the name
William Sydney Porter, was
born in Greensboro, N. Carolina,
1862. He originally started
working at his father's drugstore
and became a licensed pharmacist
by age 19. Porter would draw his
patients and be admired for his skill. O. Henry moved to Texas in March, 1882. He took up residence on a ranch and learned how to do many things. During that time, he had many jobs as well, but, in 1894, his employer accused him of embezzled funds and O. Henry lost his job.
-The man in the doorway says that he's waiting for a man by the name of Jimmy Wells.
-He tells the policeman that when the restaurant "Big Joe" Brady's was still around, he made a promise to Jimmy to meet him there, no matter what the condition may be, in twenty years.
-They finish their convorsation and the policeman walks away. Another man walks up to the man in the doorway and asks him if he was Bob.
-The men find out that they were those two friends long ago by the names of Bob and Jimmy Wells. They start to walk down the street.
-They approach a drug store and Bob says "You're not Jimmy Wells!" to the other man.
-The other man says that the real Jimmy Wells has had "Silky" Bob under arrest for ten minutes and hands him a note from the real Jimmy.
-The note reads that the real Jimmy saw Bob's face when he lit a cigar, realized that he was a wanted outlaw, and got someone else to bring him in.
2. dismally, pg431: gloomily; miserably
4. simultaneously, pg 432:
at the same time
5. destiny, pg 430:
what will necessarily
happen to any person
or thing; fate
Jimmy Wells (The policeman):
-Direct: " ... the officer, with his stalwart form and slight swagger..." pg 429
-Indirect: "Trying doors as he went, twirling his club with many intricate and artful movements..." pg 428
street, and soon they approach a drugstore, where Bob says "You're not Jimmy Wells!" to the other man. The other man says that the real Jimmy has had "Silky" Bob under arrest for ten minutes, and hands Bob a note. The note reads that the real Jimmy saw Bob's face, realized that he was wanted as an outlaw, and got someone else to bring him in.
O. Henry then moved to
Houston in 1895 and started
The Post. His
prolific writing period began
in 1902, in New York City.
Sadly, O. Henry drunk heavily
and by 1908, his health was
very bad and he died two years
later of diabetes and heart and liver problems.
1. During his time on the ranch, he learned a bit of Spanish and German from the farmhands.
2.He had an active social life in Austin.
3. He was a good musician and played the guitar and mandolin.
"O. Henry." O. Henry. American Literature, n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2013.