41 Stories by O. Henry

By O. Henry

The grasp of Irony

Readers across the world realize O. Henry because the top brief tale author of the early 20th century. well known as a grasp of irony, O. Henry additionally screens right here stunning wordplay and a wry mix of pathos and humor.

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The spiritual ferment of the Concord group found expression in Emerson’s first significant work, the essay “Nature” (1836), in which he sketched the ideas that his later writings were to elaborate: “The use of natural history is to give us aid in supernatural history: the use of the outer creation, to give us language for the beings and changes of the inward creation…. ” This was followed by two profoundly influential orations, “The American Scholar,” a powerful statement of individualism, and “The Harvard Divinity School Address,” whose unorthodox religious views created a scandal: “Historical Christianity has fallen into the error that corrupts all attempts to communicate religion….

1. Words are signs of natural facts. The use of natural history is to give us aid in supernatural history; the use of the outer creation, to give us language for the beings and changes of the inward creation. Every word which is used to express a moral or intellectual fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some material appearance. Right means straight; wrong means twisted; Spirit primarily means wind; transgression, the crossing of a line; supercilious, the raising of the eyebrow.

All those things for which men plough, build, or sail, obey virtue;” said Sallust. ” So are the sun and moon and all the stars of heaven. When a noble act is done—perchance in a scene of great natural beauty; when Leónidas and his three hundred martyrs consume one day in dying, and the sun and moon come each and look at them once in the steep defile of Thermopylae; when Arnold Winkelried, in the high Alps, under the shadow of the avalanche, gathers in his side a sheaf of Austrian spears to break the line for his comrades; are not these heroes entitled to add the beauty of the scene to the beauty of the deed?

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