History Creator / OHenry

4th Nov '17 7:29:42 AM dlchen145
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William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), PenName O. Henry, is an American writer of chiefly short fiction (the most famous piece being "Literature/TheGiftOfTheMagi") and one novel (''Cabbages and Kings''). His stories are famous for their [[MandatoryTwistEnding Mandatory Twist Endings]], warm characterization and wit.

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William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), (September 11, 1862 June 5, 1910), PenName O. Henry, is an American writer of chiefly short fiction (the most famous piece being "Literature/TheGiftOfTheMagi") and one novel (''Cabbages and Kings''). His stories are famous for their [[MandatoryTwistEnding Mandatory Twist Endings]], warm characterization and wit.
7th Sep '17 1:28:45 AM jamespolk
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William Sydney Porter, PenName O. Henry, is an American writer of chiefly short fiction (the most famous piece being "Literature/TheGiftOfTheMagi") and one novel (''Cabbages and Kings''). His stories are famous for their [[MandatoryTwistEnding Mandatory Twist Endings]], warm characterization and wit.

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William Sydney Porter, Porter (1862-1910), PenName O. Henry, is an American writer of chiefly short fiction (the most famous piece being "Literature/TheGiftOfTheMagi") and one novel (''Cabbages and Kings''). His stories are famous for their [[MandatoryTwistEnding Mandatory Twist Endings]], warm characterization and wit.
6th Aug '17 8:24:55 AM benda
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* PityTheKidnapper: In ''The Ransom of Red Chief'' two small-time criminals kidnap a BrattyHalfPint who proves to be so insufferable that the kidnappers end up paying a ransom to his father to take him back.

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* PityTheKidnapper: TropeCodifier. In ''The Ransom of Red Chief'' two small-time criminals kidnap a BrattyHalfPint who proves to be so insufferable that the kidnappers end up paying a ransom to his father to take him back.
4th Apr '17 1:38:19 PM Aquila89
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* PityTheKidnapper: ''The Ransom of Red Chief''.

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* PityTheKidnapper: In ''The Ransom of Red Chief''.Chief'' two small-time criminals kidnap a BrattyHalfPint who proves to be so insufferable that the kidnappers end up paying a ransom to his father to take him back.
20th Apr '15 3:57:04 PM Chariset
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[[caption-width-right:278:As his mustache demonstrates, he liked twist endings.]]

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[[caption-width-right:278:As [[caption-width-right:278:Clearly a man who likes his mustache demonstrates, he liked twist endings.]]



* TrickTwist

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* TrickTwistTwistEnding
9th Dec '14 6:51:52 AM PaulA
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* AllJustADream: ''The Roads We Take'', although it is more a case of IronicEcho.



* FlashSideways: "The Roads We Take" starts as the story of a ruthless criminal who wonders what his life would have been like if he hadn't come West -- then he wakes up, and from then on it's the story of a ruthless businessman who dreamed about what his life would have been like if he hadn't come East.



* MeaningfulEcho: In "The Roads We Take", the paragraph about Dodson revealing his true nature is repeated word for word when the other Dodson turns out to be not so different.



* TitleDrop: In "The Roads We Take", the protagonist wonders if he'd have turned out a different man if he'd made a key choice differently, and his colleague says "I reckon you'd have ended up about the same... It ain't the roads we take; it's what's inside of us that makes us turn out the way we do." The end of the story bears him out.



* TrainJob: ''The Roads We Take''.

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* TrainJob: ''The "The Roads We Take''.Take" opens with a trio of Wild West desperados hijacking a train when it stops to take on water.
8th Dec '14 8:35:03 AM allium
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* BalloonBelly: Poor [[LazyBum Stuffy Pete]] in "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen":

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* BalloonBelly: Poor [[LazyBum Stuffy Pete]] in "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen":Gentlemen", after [[spoiler:he guilt-trips himself into eating two huge Thanksgiving dinners in immediate succession provided by mutually unaware benefactors]]:
8th Dec '14 8:31:14 AM allium
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* BalloonBelly: Poor [[LazyBum Stuffy Pete]] in "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen":
---> "Around the first corner Stuffy turned, and stood for one minute. Then he seemed to puff out his rags as an owl puffs out his feathers, and fell to the sidewalk like a sunstricken horse."
21st Jul '14 12:37:27 AM allium
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* DownerEnding: Occasionally, for example in ''The Furnished Room''.

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* DownerEnding: Occasionally, for example in ''The Furnished Room''.Room'' and ''The Last of the Troubadours''.
21st Jul '14 12:36:28 AM allium
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: ''The Last of the Troubadours''.
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