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Whirligigs

O. Henry

Book Overview: 

A collection of short stories written by O. Henry.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . he is too noble, too honourable to declare himself. He flies from the presence of his beloved. She flies after him, trampling, with superb indifference, upon the fetters with which an unenlightened social system would bind her. Now, what will a divorce cost? Eliza Ann Timmins, the poetess of Sycamore Gap, got one for three hundred and forty dollars. Can I—I mean can this lady I speak of get one that cheap?"

"Madam," said Lawyer Gooch, "your last two or three sentences delight me with their intelligence and clearness. Can we not now abandon the hypothetical and come down to names and business?"

"I should say so," exclaimed the lady, adopting the practical with admirable readiness. "Thomas R. Billings is the name of the low brute who stands between the happiness of his legal—his legal, but not his spiritual—wife and Henry K. Jessup, the noble man whom nature intended for her mate. I," concluded the client, with an air of dramatic . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is one of the best volumes of O. Henry's. Like all of his books, some stories are better than others. But none are complete duds and some are real gems. My favorites in this book are "Calloway's Code", "Tommy's Burglar" and "A little Local Colour".

In "Calloway's Code", a reporter covering the R

My copy is very old. Published in 1910. O. Henry short stories - some very familiar, some I had never read. His use of words - though not always easy to read quickly - are worth taking the time to read carefully. Some descriptions made me laugh out loud. And then there is always the twist at the end

This was another great short-story book by O. Henry. Lots of stories from the 1800's, many on the frontier, many humorous. This book included the famous story, "The Ransom of Red Chief."

Great stories. Great author.

very clever and intriguing stories!

Lovely short stories., most are in fact very short. O.Henry writes lovingly about every one of his characters.