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Short Stories - Book Report/Review Example
The description "something startling will surely to happen at the end of the story" is inherent in the works of William Sydney Porter-O. Henry in the literary world. Numerous short stories, some of which could be found in Victoria Blake's compilation, attest to this fact: The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein, The Memento, Mammon and the Archer, Springtime la Carte, The Count and the Wedding Guest, and The Caliph, Cupid, and the Clock…
The above cited short stories take up seven (7) pages, except The Love-Philter which has five (5) and the Mammon, 10.
In The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein the twist is when the powder that was supposed to be administered to a lady was mixed intentionally with an old man's (lady's guardian) coffee. The maker of the powder (Ikey), who harbors romantic feelings for the lady, gave it to a man, who has plans of running away with the lady, thinking that the "foolish" plan will soon be found out in time if he (Ikey) will reveal the plan to the old man.
In the Mammon and the Archer O. Henry successfully "refuted" the romantic clich 'money can not buy love' (although in the story itself the clich takes another form: "money is dross compared with true love"). The father in the story paid drivers to block the car where his son and a lady is in, and consequently, to give a substantial amount of time to his son to win the heart of the lady.
In The Count and the Wedding Guest, a character (Miss Conway) paraphrased the poem "Solitude" by American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox when she says "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and they give you the laugh."
In Springti ...