O. Henry, the pen identify of William Sydney Porter, is among the most renowned brief tale writers of all instances whose tales are recognized for his or her wit, wordplay, hot characterization and smart twist endings. O. Henry is so stated as an exceptional brief tale author that his pen identify is linked to a prestigious American award given to brief tales of outstanding benefit. incorporated during this number of "The present of the Magi and different brief tales" is the identify tale which describes the struggles of a bad younger married couple as they attempt to secretly purchase one another Christmas presents. additionally integrated during this assortment are the next tales: "The Cop and the Anthem", "Springtime À los angeles Carte", "The eco-friendly Door", "After Twenty Years", "The offered Room", "The Pimienta Pancakes", "The final Leaf", "The Voice of The City", "While the car Waits", "A Retrieved Reformation", "A Municipal Report", "A Newspaper Story", "The Ransom of pink Chief", "A Ghost of a Chance", and "Makes the full global Kin".
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A niggerhead rock the scale of an egg had stuck invoice simply at the back of his left ear. He loosened himself in all places and fell within the hearth around the frying pan of scorching water for laundry the dishes. I dragged him out and poured chilly water on his head for part an hour. by means of and through, invoice sits up and feels at the back of his ear and says: “Sam, have you learnt who my favourite Biblical personality is? ” “Take it easy,” says I. “You’ll come in your senses shortly. ” “King Herod,” says he. “You won’t leave and depart me the following on my own, will you, Sam? ” I went out and stuck that boy and shook him till his freckles rattled. “If you don’t behave,” says I, “I’ll take you instantly domestic. Now, are you going to be solid, or now not? ” “I was once simply funning,” says he, sullenly. “I didn’t suggest to harm outdated Hank. yet what did he hit me for? I’ll behave, Snake-eye, for those who won’t ship me domestic, and if you’ll permit me play the Black Scout to-day. ” “I don’t recognize the game,” says I. “That’s for you and Mr. invoice to make a decision. He’s your playmate for the day. I’m going away for some time, on company. Now, you return in and make neighbors with him and say you're sorry for hurting him, or domestic you pass, right now. ” I made him and invoice shake palms, after which I took invoice apart and instructed him i used to be going to Poplar Grove, a bit village 3 miles from the cave, and discover what i may approximately how the abduction were seemed in Summit. additionally, i presumed it most sensible to ship a peremptory letter to outdated guy Dorset that day, challenging the ransom and dictating the way it may be paid. “You recognize, Sam,” says invoice, “I’ve stood by way of you with no batting an eye fixed in earthquakes, fireplace and flood—in poker video games, dynamite outrages, police raids, teach robberies, and cyclones. I by no means misplaced my nerve but until eventually we abducted that two-legged skyrocket of a child. He’s obtained me going. You won’t depart me lengthy with him, will you, Sam? ” “I’ll be again a while this afternoon,” says I. “You needs to continue the boy amused and quiet until eventually I go back. And now we’ll write the letter to previous Dorset. ” invoice and that i bought paper and pencil and labored at the letter whereas pink leader, with a blanket wrapped round him, strutted up and down, guarding the mouth of the cave. invoice begged me tearfully to make the ransom fifteen hundred money rather than thousand. “I ain’t attempting,” says he, “to decry the distinguished ethical point of parental affection, yet we’re facing people, and it ain’t human for anyone to renounce thousand funds for that forty-pound bite of freckled wildcat. I’m keen to take an opportunity at fifteen hundred funds. you could cost the adaptation as much as me. ” So, to alleviate invoice, I acceded, and we collaborated a letter that ran this manner: Ebenezer Dorset, Esq. : we now have your boy hid in a spot faraway from Summit. it's lifeless for you or the main skilful detectives to aim to discover him. completely, the single phrases on you can have him restored to you're those: We call for fifteen hundred money in huge debts for his go back; the money to be left at nighttime to-night on the comparable spot and within the comparable field as your reply—as hereinafter defined.