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After Twenty Years

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After Twenty Years

by O. Henry

Genre: Comedy
Setting:
Format of Original Source: Short Story
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Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed

EXCERPT:

“Well, yes, for a time we corresponded,” said the other. “But after a year or two we lost track of each other. You see, the West is a pretty big proposition, and I kept hustling around over it pretty lively. But I know Jimmy will meet me here if he’s alive, for he always was the truest, stanchest old chap in the world. He’ll never forget. I came a thousand miles to stand in this door to-night, and it’s worth it if my old partner turns up.”

The waiting man pulled out a handsome watch, the lids of it set with small diamonds.

“Three minutes to ten,” he announced. “It was exactly ten o’clock when we parted here at the restaurant door.”



COMMENTS:

Two pals meet after 20 years, each having gone quite different directions in their lives. (Hint: one is a small-time gangsta type.) There are only two beats to this story, and we see theending coming a mile away, but the structure is solid and the set-up is appealing.


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