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O. Henry's 100 Selected Stories PDF

By O. Henry

ISBN-10: 1853262412

ISBN-13: 9781853262418

This number of a hundred of O Henry's best tales is a show off for the sheer number of one among 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 matters of 'the 4 million' usual voters who inhabited turn-of-the-century ny. they're marked by way of 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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Oh, Joe, I never saw anything like it before. 'My pupil is his daughter Clementina. I dearly love her already. She's a delicate thing - dresses always in white; and the sweetest, O HENRY - 100 S E L E C T E D STORIES 23 simplest manners! Only eighteen years old. I'm to give three lessons a week; and, just think, Joe! $5 a lesson. I don't mind it a bit; for when I get two or three more pupils I can resume my lessons with Herr Rosenstock. ' 'That's all right for you, Dele,' said Joe, attacking a can of peas with a carving knife and a hatchet, 'but how about me?

Terry O'Sullivan was a victorious Prince Charming, and Maggie Toole winged her first butterfly flight. And though our tropes of fairy­ land be mixed with those of entomology they shall not spill one drop of ambrosia from the rose-crowned melody of Maggie's one perfect night. ' The Clover Leaf young men, after two years of blindness, suddenly perceived charms in Miss Toole. They flexed their compelling muscles before her and bespoke her for the dance. Thus she scored; but to Terry O'Sullivan the honours of the evening fell thick and fast.

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. 'I couldn't get any pupils,' she confessed. 'And I couldn't bear to have you give up your lessons; and I got a place ironing shirts in that big Twenty-fourth Street laundry. And I think I did very well to make up both General Pinkney and Clementina, don't you, Joe?

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