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Sixes and Sevens

O. Henry

Book Overview: 

Collection of short stories all with a connection with a six or seven in the title or theme

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I said: "Madame, here's your property," and handed her the bracelet. "Now," I went on, "how can you expect us to act square with you when you try to deceive us in this manner? I'm surprised at such conduct."

The young woman flushed up as if she had been caught doing something dishonest. Some other woman down the line called out: "The mean thing!" I never knew whether she meant the other lady or me.

When we finished our job we ordered everybody back to bed, told 'em good night very politely at the door, and left. We rode forty miles before daylight and then divided the stuff. Each one of us got $1,752.85 in money. We lumped the jewellery around. Then we scattered, each man for himself.

That was my first train robbery, and it was about as easily done as any of the ones that followed. But that was the last and only time I ever went through the passengers. I don't like that part of the business. Afterward I stuck strictly to the express car. During . . . Read More

Community Reviews

O. Henry's brilliant, there's no getting around it. Witty in his storytelling, unprecedented in his prose. A few of the twists I saw coming, but others took me delightfully by surprise. And a man who can capture both the Wild West and encapsulate the heart of New York and its citoyens is pretty rema

ENGLISH: In this collection of 25 stories by O.Henry, I liked three of them specially:

"Ulysses and the dogman" about a dog-walker who meets an old friend and says once too many "make it two."

"The duplicity of Hargraves" about a very special actor and an old southern major.

"The church with an overs

More of the same stories— colorful, clever, warm, evocative of place and time. Sometimes racist but never vulgar. Fun to read aloud.

Some of these short stories are better than others. The first was in the same style of dramatic irony as "The Gift of the Magi." Fortunately, most were not. Some were difficult to follow, but the majority are little gems.

Wonderful writer

Some of the stories were five stars and pure genius. Others not so much. But the good ones were worth plodding through the not so good ones and I still admire his gift for the short story.

Sixes and Sevens is a collection of twenty-five short stories by O. Henry. He captures the voice of a host of characters from all four corners of the American landscape. Many of his stories mirror the meaning of sixes and sevens which describes a feeling of confusion or disarray.

Some of the stories

Terrifically funny (mostly; some more serious) collection of sketches, apparently posthumously published. Have been reading a fair amount of O. Henry lately and finding that the few works of his that "everyone knows" just don't do him justice - not surprisingly! Well, better now than never, so far a

Became acquainted with this author after reading the delicious short story "The gift of the magi".

Read "The Last of the Troubadours" and "The sleuths" so far, the last a spoof of Sherlock Holmes featuring a detective named Shamrock Jolnes, but first story is way better and more characteristic of the

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