41 Stories by O. Henry

By O. Henry

The grasp of Irony

Readers internationally realize O. Henry because the top brief tale author of the early 20th century. widely recognized as a grasp of irony, O. Henry additionally screens the following amazing wordplay and a wry mix of pathos and humor.

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Babbitt moaned, turned over, struggled back toward his dream. He could see only her face now, beyond misty waters. The furnace-man slammed the basement door. A dog barked in the next yard. As Babbitt sank blissfully into a dim warm tide, the paper-carrier went by whistling, and the rolled-up Advocate thumped the front door. Babbitt roused, his stomach constricted with alarm. As he relaxed, he was pierced by the familiar and irritating rattle of some one cranking a Ford:4 snap-ah-ah, snap-ah-ah, snap-ah-ah.

Yet as a person of some (although it must be stressed, just some) feeling, moral conscience, and spiritual belief, he is also heir to the terrible disillusionment that followed the Great War (World War I), which, in fact, is directly mentioned only once in the book (p. 111). Babbitt may not have participated in the 舠war to end all wars,舡 but his experience of his world makes clear in subtle ways just how America was struggling to redefine and, at the same time, to remain itself after the cataclysm.

As he relaxed, he was pierced by the familiar and irritating rattle of some one cranking a Ford:4 snap-ah-ah, snap-ah-ah, snap-ah-ah. Himself a pious motorist, Babbitt cranked with the unseen driver, with him waited through taut hours for the roar of the starting engine, with him agonized as the roar ceased and again began the infernal patient snap-ah-ah舒a round, flat sound, a shivering cold-morning sound, a sound infuriating and inescapable. Not till the rising voice of the motor told him that the Ford was moving was he released from the panting tension.

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