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O. Henry

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. . .Danny. There was no better nor stronger than him when he had his two eyes. 'Tis a fine day, son. Injoy yeself ag'inst the morning. There will be cold supper at six."

"Have you heard any talk of a hippopotamus?" asked Danny of Mike, the janitor, as he went out the door downstairs.

"I have not," said Mike, pulling his shirtsleeves higher. "But 'tis the only subject in the animal, natural and illegal lists of outrages that I've not been complained to about these two days. See the landlord. Or else move out if ye like. Have ye hippopotamuses in the lease? No, then?"

"It was the old man who spoke of it," said Danny. "Likely there's nothing in it."

Danny walked up the street to the Avenue and then struck northward into the heart of the district where Easter—modern Easter, in new, bright raiment—leads the pascal march. Out of towering brown churches came the blithe music of anthems from the choirs. The broad sidewalks were mo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I‘m sure that in the school curriculum of many countries of the world there’s a section on the study of O.Henry's literature. Somewhere more, somewhere less – but almost everyone has read or at least heard about the good story “Gifts of the Magi”, don’t you think? ;)

Recently I decided to read other

More of the same — wordy, clever, sardonic, colorful.

ENGLISH: Twenty-three short stories by O.Henry. I liked especially two of them: "The thing's the play," and "A ramble in aphasia."

It's curious, in this book, not all the stories I most liked have an element of romance, as in other books by O.Henry I had read before.

Compared with other collections by

This is another of the set of O. Henry short stories. They are of varying quality. I enjoyed, "A Ramble in Aphasia"!