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THE SKYLIGHT ROOM
Transcript of THE SKYLIGHT ROOM
CHARACTER & CHARACTERIZATION
1. Miss Leeson: optimistic, never give up, Charming andhard-worker
2. Mrs. Parker: Snobbish, Arrogant and sharp tongue
3. Mr. Hoover: Rude and Forceful person
4. Ms. Longnecker: Smart
5. Mr.Skidder: Hard-worker
6. Clara: Obedient
7. William Jackson: Kind, Professional, and responsible
William Sydney Porter, known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer.
Born: September 11, 1862, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Died: June 5, 1910, New York City, New York, United States
Wife: Athol Estes
Children: Margaret Worth Porter
Movies: Alias Jimmy Valentine, O. Henry's Full House, Raincoat, More
O. Henry's short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings
Some of his most famous stories are:
The Gift of the Magi, The Ransom of Red Chief, The Cop and the Anthem, A Retrieved Reformation, The Duplicity of Hargraves, The Skylight Room
Miss Leeson, a young typist who rents "the skylight room" from Mrs. Parker, who was a bit snobbish, because it is the only room she can afford. (This is the room shown by the housekeeper.) It's a tiny room with a small iron cot. The room's only redeeming quality is the skylight.
On summer nights, the roomers gather on the front steps to pass the time and talk. Miss Leeson is very popular due to her youth and charm. One of the older men, Mr. Hoover becomes enamored with Miss Leeson.
During these summer evenings Miss Leeson tells everyone about one of the stars she can see through the skylight. She has named the star Billy Jackson. The school teacher, Miss Longnecker, corrects Miss Leeson announcing the correct name of the star. Miss Leeson declines to be corrected and clings to her name of the star.
Some time passes and Miss Leeson falls on hard times since she can no longer find employment. Miss Leeson; the one who can only afford the cheapest room, is so destitute that she can't afford to eat. She grows weak and frail.
She encounters the man, the one who wants to marry her, on the stairs. He proposes marriage. He lays before her rescue from her plight. If she would only accept his proposal, she would be cared for (and fed). She remains true to herself and declines his offer.
She is barely able to reach her room and falls onto her cot, too tired even to undress. She looks up at her star. Even in this weakened state, she can't bring herself to call her star by its correct name as she recalls Miss Longnecker's correction. Her last act is to raise two fingers to her lips in a kiss to her star, Billy Jackson.
Next day, having not seen Miss Leeson, they force the door open and find her barely alive.
The ambulance is called, and the doctor arrives to attend to the sick girl. He carries her down the stairs and takes her to the hospital.
In typical O. Henry fashion, we get the surprise ending - the doctor's name is William Jackson.