Questions tagged [o-henry]

For questions regarding the life and works of O. Henry, the American author, best known for his short stories.

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Meaning of “rubber” as a verb in O. Henry

"I'm one of the Sole Sanhedrims and Ostensible Hooplas of the Inner Pulpit," says I. "The lame talk and the blind rubber whenever I make a pass at 'em. I am a medium, a coloratura hypnotist and a ...
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Looking for an O.Henry story where a young man from the country working in the city marries a socialite and then goes for a visit to his home

The young man in the question takes his bride to his home in the countryside to meet his family. The author describes the following scene in exquisite detail:- It's night and the entire family is ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence from A Retrieved Reformation?

This is a line from O. Henry's A Retrieved Reformation. The detective Ben Price is confident that Jimmy, now out on parole, has been to crack safes and: He'll do his bit next time without any ...
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What does the phrase “the silent imputation of parsimony” mean in The Gift of the Magi by O.Henry?

What does the phrase "the silent imputation of parsimony" mean? It appears in the first paragraph of "The Gift of the Magi," which I've quoted below. One dollar and eighty-seven cents.That was all. ...
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What does the line “The magi brought valuable gifts, but that was not among them.” mean in The Gifts Of The Magi?

What was not among whom? What did O'Henry want us to know from this line? The author says this line after Jim hugs Della out of affection after seeing the magnitude of her sacrifice (her hair, which ...
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Looking for an old O. Henry story about a wealthy young man trying to woo a “genteel poor” young lady in New York City

I'm trying to pin down a certain short story by O. Henry. I remember the plot quite well, but not the title, nor which book collection of O. Henry's stories I first encountered it within. And let's ...