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Springtime a la Carte

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Springtime a la Carte

by O. Henry

Genre: Comedy
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length: 15 Minutes

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely


Carrots and peas, asparagus on toast, the perennial tomatoes and corn and succotash, lima beans, cabbage–and then–

Sarah was crying over her bill of fare. Tears from the depths of some divine despair rose in her heart and gathered to her eyes. Down went her head on the little typewriter stand; and the keyboard rattled a dry accompaniment to her moist sobs.

For she had received no letter from Walter in two weeks, and the next item on the bill of fare was dandelions–dandelions with some kind of egg–but bother the egg!–dandelions, with whose golden blooms Walter had crowned her his queen of love and future bride–dandelions, the harbingers of spring, her sorrow’s crown of sorrow–reminder of her happiest days.


A romantic (and funny!) O. Henry tale which is sadly too thin even for a one-act. Perhaps the story could be somehow expanded (or combined with another O. Henry story?) It would be funny to leave O. Henry in as a narrator, as some of the best laughs come in his self-deprecating assessment of his storytelling skills. (LTC)


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