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 monitors the following extraordinary wordplay and a wry blend of pathos and humor.
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Eager, the pompous expatriate, and Miss Lavish, novelist and self-proclaimed seeker of Italy舗s essence, who wants to 舠emancipate舡 Lucy from Baedeker (p. 19) and who seems not to realize that her protests against tourists and the typical tourist experience are themselves well-traveled objections, stale and predictable. We know the Miss Alans, too, the elderly spinsters who come abroad for the climate but bring England with them, in their attitudes, their prejudices, and their stash of digestive biscuits.
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