Henry A guard came to the prison shoe-shop, where Jimmy Valentine was assiduously stitching uppers, and escorted him to the front office. There the warden handed Jimmy his pardon, which had been signed that morning by the governor. Jimmy took it in a tired kind of way.
Henry A guard came to the prison shoe-shop, where Jimmy Valentine was assiduously stitching uppers, and escorted him to the front office. There the warden handed Jimmy his pardon, which had been signed that morning by the governor.
Jimmy took it in a tired kind of way. He had served nearly ten months of a four-year sentence. He had expected to stay only about three months, at the longest. When a man with as many friends on the outside as Jimmy Valentine had is received in the "stir" it is hardly worth while to cut his hair.
Brace up, and make a man of yourself. You're not a bad fellow at heart.
Stop cracking safes, and live straight. How was it you happened to get sent up on that Springfield job? Was it because you wouldn't prove an alibi for fear of compromising somebody in extremely high-toned society? Or was it simply a case of a mean old jury that had it in for you? It's always one or the other with you innocent victims.
Unlock him at seven in the morning, and let him come to the bull-pen. Better think over my advice, Valentine. He had on a suit of the villainously fitting, readymade clothes and a pair of the stiff, squeaky shoes that the state furnishes to its discharged compulsory guests.
The clerk handed him a railroad ticket and the five-dollar bill with which the law expected him to rehabilitate himself into good citizenship and prosperity.
The warden gave him a cigar, and shook hands. Valentine,was chronicled on the books "Pardoned by Governor," and Mr.
James Valentine walked out into the sunshine. Disregarding the song of the birds, the waving green trees, and the smell of the flowers, Jimmy headed straight for a restaurant.
There he tasted the first sweet joys of liberty in the shapes of a broiled chicken and a bottle of white wine-followed by a cigar a grade better than the one the warden had given him. From there he proceeded leisurely to the depot.
He tossed a quarter into the hat of a blind man sitting by the door, and boarded his train. Three hours set him down in a little town near the state line. Everything was just as he had left it. There on the floor was still Ben Price's collar-button that had been torn from that eminent detective's shirt-band when they had overpowered Jimmy to arrest him.
Pulling out from the wall a folding-bed, Jimmy slid back a panel in the wall and dragged out a dust-covered suit-case. He opened this and gazed fondly at the finest set of burglar's tools in the East.
It was a complete set, made of specially tempered steel, the latest designs in drills, punches, braces and bits, jimmies, clamps, and augers, with two or three novelties invented by Jimmy himself, in which he took pride. Over nine hundred dollars they had cost him to have made at- a place where they make such things for the profession.
He was now dressed in tasteful and well-fitting clothes, and carried his dusted and cleaned suit-case in his hand. He never touched "hard" drinks. A week after the release of Valentine,there was a neat job of safe-burglary done in Richmond, Indiana, with no clue to the author.
A scant eight hundred dollars was all that was secured. Two weeks after that a patented, improved, burglar-proof safe in Logansport was opened like a cheese to the tune of fifteen hundred dollars, currency; securities and silver untouched.
That began to interest the rogue catchers. Then an old-fashioned bank-safe in Jefferson City became active and threw out of its crater an eruption of bank-notes amounting to five thousand dollars.
The losses were now high enough to bring the matter up into Ben Price's class of work. By comparing notes, a remarkable similarity in the methods of the burglaries was noticed.A Retrieved Reformation is a short story by O.
Henry—a short story containing big emotions. The story begins with the protagonist Jimmy Valentine’s release from prison. The story begins with the protagonist Jimmy Valentine’s release from prison. Plot Summary. The Gift of the Magi is a well-known short story by American short story writer O.
Henry, the pen name of William Sydney caninariojana.com story first appeared in The New York Sunday World. Oct 08, · A Retrieved Reformation by O. Henry ( - ). Read by Winston Tharp Audio courtesy of LibriVox.
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ALENTINE. was busily at work making shoes. A prison officer came into the shop, and led Jimmy to the prison office. There Jimmy was given an impor-tant paper. It said that he was free. Jimmy took the paper without showing much pleasure or inter-est. A Retrieved Reformation - by O. Henry A guard came to the prison shoe-shop, where Jimmy Valentine was assiduously stitching uppers, and escorted him to the front office.
There the warden handed Jimmy his pardon, which . In O. Henry's 'A Retrieved Reformation', Jimmy Valentine proves that even a cold-hearted criminal can change, but in the end, one's past always catches up with them.
Jimmy is released from prison.