A Dollar’s Worth by O.Henry: Summary and Analysis

This short story by O.Henry, published in the early 1900s, explores the theme of justice, compassion, and love. A Dollar’s Worth: Summary and Plot Analysis The story opens with a letter. The letter is a threat from one of the convicts to the judge Mr. Derwent, who had presided over the case leading to hisContinue reading “A Dollar’s Worth by O.Henry: Summary and Analysis”

A Retrieved Reformation by O Henry: Summary and Analysis

Originally called Retrieved Reform, this short story was first published more than a century ago in Cosmopolitan magazine.  A Retrieved Reformation: Summary and Plot Analysis The story opens in prison, where an inmate, Jimmy Valentine, is diligently working in the prison shoe shop. The man is serving a four-year sentence but is freed much earlier, apparently owing to hisContinue reading “A Retrieved Reformation by O Henry: Summary and Analysis”

The Ransom of the Red Chief by O Henry: Summary and Review

In 10 minutes, I shall cross the central, southern, and middle western states and be legging it trippingly for the Canadian border. What comes to mind when you read this? Hot air balloons? Spaceships? Science fiction? The answer will come to you in the form of Ransom of the Red Chief, a short story by celebratedContinue reading “The Ransom of the Red Chief by O Henry: Summary and Review”

The Dead by James Joyce: Review and Analysis

The Dead is a part of James Joyce’s short story collection called The Dubliners, first published in 1914. The Dead is one of the most celebrated short stories of James Joyce, frequently adapted into plays and movies. It had a broad appeal – in and outside Ireland. The Dead by James Joyce: Summary and Plot Analysis The story opens inContinue reading “The Dead by James Joyce: Review and Analysis”

A Painful Case by James Joyce: Summary and Review

Friendship between man and woman is impossible because there must be sexual intercourse. If you thought this was straight from the Meg Ryan-movie When Harry met Sally, you are as wrong as I was. This is a quote from a short story A Painful Case by famed Irish author James Joyce.  This was featured in his short storyContinue reading “A Painful Case by James Joyce: Summary and Review”

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome: Summary and Review

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) is a humorous account by the renowned British author Jerome K Jerome, detailing a boating holiday spanning a couple of weeks.  Funnily enough, the book was initially meant to be written as a serious travel guide, but the comic element in the presentation ended upContinue reading “Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome: Summary and Review”

The Lottery by Maria Edgeworth: Summary and Review

Did you know they had lotteries back in the 1800s? I didn’t.  So I was intrigued when I laid my eyes on The Lottery, written by Maria Edgeworth.  And thus began my 48-page journey into the exploration of lottery and its perception amongst the masses – then and now. The Lottery by Maria Edgeworth: Summary andContinue reading “The Lottery by Maria Edgeworth: Summary and Review”

Ladies by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

Let’s consider the following two statements: I’m surprised I didn’t think of it sooner! Listen, here’s what I can offer you.. Next week the clerk at our orphanage is going to retire.If you like, you can take his post! There you are! I have no post for you! None, none! Leave me alone! Don’t tormentContinue reading “Ladies by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

Before the Wedding by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

Unmarried girls are crazy to get married, but they are the only ones, because it is no good at all. I’m married, I should know. Give it time; you’ll see for yourself. If you are interested in reading plenty of (good) advice like the one above, you should pick up Anton Chekhov’s short story called BeforeContinue reading “Before the Wedding by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”