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Between Rounds

by O. Henry

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

EXCERPT:

“There was something in her manner that warned Mr. McCaskey. When the corners of her mouth went down
suddenly like a barometer it usually foretold a fall of crockery and tinware.

“Pig’s face, is it?”” said Mrs. McCaskey, and hurled a stewpan full of bacon and turnips at her lord.
Mr. McCaskey was no novice at repartee. He knew what should follow the entrée. On the table was a roast sirloin of pork, garnished with shamrocks. He retorted with this, and drew the appropriate return of a bread pudding in an earthen dish. A hunk of Swiss cheese accurately thrown by her husband struck Mrs. McCaskey below one eye. When she replied with a well-aimed coffee-pot full of a hot, black, semi-fragrant liquid the battle, according to courses, should have ended.

But Mr. McCaskey was no 50-cent table d’hôter. Let cheap Bohemians consider coffee the end, if they would. Let them make that faux pas. He was foxier still.”


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