An Author and Embezzler

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William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) was an interesting individual.  He was born in the mid 1800’s, wrote numerous short stores, traveled the United States, and spent time in jail for embezzlement.

His most famous story is “The Gift of the Magi.”  The story is about a poor married couple. Both the husband and the wife wanted to give their partner a very special christmas gift.

The wife had long glowing hair, which caused her complexion to radiate.  She cut off her hair and sold it to buy a chain for her husband’s pocket watch.  The pocket watch was a prized possession and had been handed down for generations.

The husband was unaware of what his wife was planning, so he pawned the pocket watch to buy expensive tortoise shell combs for his wife.

I just finished reading “Stories by O. Henry.”  Each of his stories contain some kind of weird twist.  He also writes from a wide variety of perspectives.  The narrator of the story could be male, female, a dog, or even a ten dollar bill.

O. Henry was an author, an embezzler, and an interesting character.

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