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The Voice of the City: Further Stories of the Four Million

O. Henry

Book Overview: 

A collection of short stories that follow the Four Million.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . he was seized with the conviction that she was no selling plater. He resolved to parade with his wife past Seltzer's café, where at this time a number of his tribe would be gathered to view the daily evening procession. Yes; and he would take her to dine at Hoogley's, the swellest slow-lunch warehouse on the line, he said to himself.

The congregation of smooth-faced tribal gentlemen were on watch at Seltzer's. As Mr. Dougherty and his reorganized Delia passed they stared, momentarily petrified, and then removed their hats—a performance as unusual to them as was the astonishing innovation presented to their gaze by "Big Jim". On the latter gentleman's impassive face there appeared a slight flicker of triumph—a faint flicker, no more to be observed than the expression called there by the draft of little casino to a four-card spade flush.

Hoogley's was animated. Electric lights shone as, indeed, they were expected to do. And the napery, the g. . . Read More

Community Reviews

My favorite stories in this collection were
"Dougherty's Eye-Opener", "Little Speck in Garnered Fruit", "The harbinger", "While the auto waits", "One Thousand Dollars", "The defeat of the city", "The shocks of doom", "The Plutonian fire", "Transients in Arcadia" and "The Rathskeller and the rose."


Another collection of characters in 19th century New York. Every one of them is unique and a little peculiar but after dozens of them, they begin to seem alike. I wonder if O. Henry stories are best enjoyed one at a time, read aloud and spaced far apart.

O’Henry was a master at stealthily developing his characters within just a few pages of each short story. The last page, of course, is the complete revelation of the character’s motive...O’Henry’s signature surprise ending. But I also love the way he captured turn-of-the-century New York City and th

The best stories of O. Henry comprised 65 short stories, a bit too many to soldier through I found. Many of the stories are peopled with a returning cast of smalltime swindlers, Caribbean island dwellers, and out of luck poor working class New Yorkers. This brings cohesion to the collection.


Further Tales of the Four Million: The Complete Life of John Hopkins; A Lickpenny Lover; Dougherty's Eye Opener; Little Speck in Garnered Fruit; The Harbinger; While the Auto Waits; A Comedy in Rubber; One Thousand Dollars; The Defeat of the City; The Shocks of Doom; The Plutonian Fire; Nemesis and

Good O. Henry short story.

when you get no answers, hear no voices, than you get answers to something else which can lead you to the right answer. Loved it. but, I am still thinking what the voice of the NewYork city was/is ?