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The Cop And The Anthem

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When all of Soapy's efforts to get himself arrested fail, overhearing a hymn at a nearby church causes him to repent and start seeking a "real" job. An O Henry twist at the end of the story, foils Soapy's new plans.
Published by Dramatic Pub. (first published March 27th 1904)
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I'd been looking for O. Henry for a long time, and I'd been looking for The Cop and the Anthem for an equally long time, only, I didn't know who I was looking for and I didn't know what the title of the story was, only the story. The reason for this strange situation was the fact that I'd heard The Cop and the Anthem told very briefly in Chinese during a special seminar I once was unwittingly forced to attend ...and long story short, the twist and the delicious irony of it all interested me enou ...more
Naveed Nawaz
Ghulam Abbas-esque. Beautiful.
The funniest of the three O. Henry stories I read this Christmas. Soapy the hobo is a riot, especially as he's picking up on a girl to try to get arrested, and trying to order a fancy roasted duck without means to pay, again, to get arrested.
I'm a really big fan of O. Henry and the ironic twist that accompanies his stories. I think there's a lot of value in exploring the setting with this story, and overall students enjoyed reading it.
Zach Vowles
A short, gently humourous tale with a predictable ending. Liked the interesting choice of main character.
Kristen Ruiz
An entertaining little story of irony at its finest.
Ally McKinnis
A great story! Very funny too!

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William Sydney Porter lends the pen name "O. Henry" to surprise endings signed officially as Sydney Porter. His biography shows where he found inspiration for his characters. Their voices and his language were products of his era.

He was born 1862 Greensboro, North Carolina. When he was three years old, his mother died from tuberculosis. He left school at fifteen, worked five years in uncle's drugs
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