Heart of the West

Heart of the West

by O. Henry


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Baldy Woods reached for the bottle, and got it. Whenever Baldy went for anything he usually--but this is not Baldy's story. He poured out a third drink that was larger by a finger than the first and second. Baldy was in consultation; and the consultee is worthy of his hire.

"I'd be king if I was you," said Baldy, so positively that his holster creaked and his spurs rattled.

Webb Yeager pushed back his flat-brimmed Stetson, and made further disorder in his straw-coloured hair. The tonsorial recourse being without avail, he followed the liquid example of the more resourceful Baldy.

"If a man marries a queen, it oughtn't to make him a two-spot," declared Webb, epitomising his grievances.

"Sure not," said Baldy, sympathetic, still thirsty, and genuinely solicitous concerning the relative value of the cards. "By rights you're a king. If I was you, I'd call for a new deal. The cards have been stacked on you--I'll tell you what you are, Webb Yeager."

"What?" asked Webb, with a hopeful look in his pale-blue eyes.

"You're a prince-consort."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781389538384
Publisher: Blurb
Publication date: 05/23/2019
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 - June 5, 1910), known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American short story writer. O. Henry's short stories are known for their surprise endings.

Most of O. Henry's stories are set in his own time, the early 20th century. Many take place in New York City and deal for the most part with ordinary people: clerks, policemen, waitresses, etc.

O. Henry's work is wide-ranging, and his characters can be found roaming the cattle-lands of Texas, exploring the art of the con-man, or investigating the tensions of class and wealth in turn-of-the-century New York. O. Henry had an inimitable hand for isolating some element of society and describing it with an incredible economy and grace of language. Some of his best and least-known work is contained in Cabbages and Kings, a series of stories each of which explores some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town, while advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another.

Porter was a heavy drinker, and by 1908 his markedly deteriorating health affected his writing. In 1909, his second wife, Sarah, left him, and he died on June 5, 1910, of cirrhosis of the liver, complications of diabetes, and an enlarged heart. After funeral services in New York City, he was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Firetech More than 1 year ago
I just downloaded this and I wish I 'd hadn"t. It would have been nice to have a copy of a classic but I guess during the scanning a lot of the letters and characters are wrong or make no sense. And it totally changed the formatting making it a headache to read. A root canal would be more fun. If this electronic copy is the only one still in existance onehundred years from now, their going to think the people today were idiots. Didn't anybody proof read ot before giving the ok to release it?
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clarence Day's Life with Mother and Life with Father are sets of charming stories, detailing some elements of Day's life with his unique parents. The descriptions of the people who appear through the tales are vivid and engaging and the stories flowed well, making them easy to read. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself avidly wishing for more once I finished both of the volumes.(This review refers to an edition including both 'Life with Father' and 'Life with Mother'.)
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