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GENTLE GRAFTER
by O'HENRY, O.HENRY
Published by Doubleday Page,Review Review 1913 (1908)
Hardcover Measures 7.5x5 inches Weighs 1 pound 1 ounce

Condition: Good.
Green cloth boards with blind embossed small circular decoration at front cover. Gold Gilt text on spine and matching small blind embossed small decoration.
Pages are clean. Text is crisp. Illustrations are clean.
Covers have shelf wear, scuffing at edges a bit of fraying at bottom spine edge.

Wiki: O. Henry's stories frequently have surprise endings. In his day, he was called the American answer to Guy de Maupassant. While both authors wrote plot twist endings, O. Henry stories were considerably more playful.[according to whom?][citation needed] His stories are also known for witty narration.

Most of O. Henry's stories are set in his own time, the early 20th century. Many take place in New York City and deal for the most part with ordinary people: clerks, policemen, waitresses, etc.

O. Henry's work is wide-ranging, and his characters can be found roaming the cattle-lands of Texas, exploring the art of the con-man, or investigating the tensions of class and wealth in turn-of-the-century New York. O. Henry had an inimitable hand for isolating some element of society and describing it with an incredible economy and grace of language. Some of his best and least-known work is contained in Cabbages and Kings, a series of stories each of which explores some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town, while advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another.

The O. Henry Award is a prestigious annual prize named after Porter and given to outstanding short stories.

CONTENTS
HUH
THE OCTOPUS MAROONED . M m m M • *
JEFF PETERS AS A PERSONAL MAGNET « • 18
MODERN RURAL SPORTS M T. S3
.THE CHAIR OF PHILANTHROMATHEMATICS ... 45
THE HAND THAT BILES THE WORLD .... 58
THE EXACT SCIENCE OF MATRIMONY . ;.' . 71
A MIDSUMMER MASQUERADE n • • 85
SHEARING THE WOLF . „ P - .00
INNOCENTS OF BROADWAY S i • .113
CONSCIENCE IN ART . < 126
THE MAN HIGHER UP 187
A TEMPERED WIND * 160
HOSTAGES TO MOMUS 193
THE ETHICS or PIG . 22*

THE OCTOPUS MAROONED
"A TRUST is its weakest point," said Jeff Peters.
" That," said I, " sounds like one of those unintel­
ligible remarks such as, * Why is a policeman?'"
" It is not," said Jeff. " There are no relations
between a trust and a policeman. My remark was an
epitogram—an axis — a kind of mulct'em in parvo.
What it means is that a trust is like an egg, and it is
not like an egg. If you want to break an egg you
hare to do it from the outside. The only way to break
up a trust is from the inside. Keep sitting on it until
it hatches. Look at the brood of young colleges and
libraries that's chirping and peeping all oyer the
country. Yes, sir, every trust bears in its own bosom
the seeds of its destruction like a rooster that crows
near a Georgia colored Methodist camp meeting, or
a Republican announcing himself a candidate for
governor of Texas."
I asked Jeff, jestingly, if he had ever, during his
checkered, plaided, mottled, pied and dappled career,
conducted an enterprise of the class to which the
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The Gentle Grafter, O'Henry, Published by Doubleday 1908/1913 Antique Book Illustrated Fiction Collection of Stories

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