By O. Henry
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 fantastic; O Henry is as at domestic describing lifestyles south of the Rio Grande as he's chronicling the actions and issues of 'the 4 million' usual electorate who inhabited turn-of-the-century big apple. they're marked by means of twist of fate and shock endings in addition to the compassion and excessive humour that experience made O Henry's tales well known for the final century.
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Extra resources for 100 Selected Stories
I can't think what can be the matter with her. Nothing we could do would bring her to. It's a young woman, a Miss Elsie - yes, a Miss Elsie Leeson. ' cried the doctor in a terrible voice, to which Mrs. Parker was a stranger. 'The skylight room. It - ' Evidently the ambulance doctor was familiar with the location of skylight rooms. He was gone up the stairs, four at a time. Mrs. Parker followed slowly, as her dignity demanded. On the first landing she met him coming back bearing the astronomer in his arms.
There came a time after that when Miss Leeson brought no for midable papers home to copy. And when she went in the morning, instead of working, she went from office to office and let her heart melt away in the drip of cold refusals transmitted through insolent office boys. This went on. There came an evening when she wearily climbed Mrs. Parker's stoop at the hour when she always returned from her dinner at the restaurant. But she had had no dinner. As she stepped into the hall Mr. Hoover met her and seized his chance.
The General was there. You should have seen him run for the chafing dish, Joe, just as if there wasn't a servant in the house. I know Clementina isn't in good health; she is so nervous. In serving the rabbit she spilled a great lot of it, boiling hot, over my hand and wrist. It hurt awfully, Joe. And the dear girl was so sorry! But General Pinkney! - Joe, that old man nearly went distracted. He rushed downstairs and sent somebody - they said the O H E N R Y - 100 S E L E C T E D STORIES 25 furnace man or somebody in the basement - out to a drug store for some oil and things to bind it up with.
100 Selected Stories by O. Henry