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“A RetrievedReformation”       by    O. Henry
Assiduously(uh SIJ oo us lee)      (adv)
In a steady andhard-working way.
Virtuous(VUR choo us)    (adj)
Morally good; honorable.
Compulsory(kum PUL su ree)      (adj)
That which must    be done;   Required.
Rehabilitate(ree huh BIL i tate)       (V)
To restore to useful  life, as through    therapy and     education
Balk (bahlk)    (V)
To refuse to move      or act
Eminent   () (adj)
Better than most   others; very     famous
Retribution     ()    (N)
Punishment for bad behavior
Elusive   () (adj)
Escaping from   capture as bydaring, cleverness or        skill.
Unobtrusively     ()   (Adv)
In a way thatattracts little or no     attention.
Unperceived(Ŭn per sēvd)    (Adj)
Not seen.
The Gilded Age             (1845-1916)“A Retrieved Reformation” is set in the last  quarter of the 19th century, otherwise...
The Gilded AGe conTinued…During this time, the railroad system opened up the country with transportation, and wealthy entr...
A few InventionsThomas Edison – the lightbulb, motion picture camera, radio,Alexander Graham Bell- the telephoneJoseph Gli...
A few interesting and         Important EventsRace Riots against Chinese laborers in San  FranciscoNational League Basebal...
“After Twenty   Years”      by   O. Henry
Habitual (Adj)
Established by  long use.
Vicinity(vi SIN i tee)      (N)
Neighborhood.
Staunchest(STONCH est)     (adj)
Strongest; mostdetermined; most      firm.
Dismally(diz məl lee)    (adv)
In a gloomy ordepressed manner.
Simultaneously(si mul TA nee us lee)        (adv)
Happening at the   same time.
Stalwart(STAWL wert)     (adj)
Strongly andstoutly built;   sturdy.
Destiny (N)
Fate or outcome of  a person’s life.
Egotism (N)
A sense of one’sown great impor- tance; conceit.
Intricate  (adj)
Having many    complexly    arranagedelements; elaborate.
Absurdity   (n)
Something that is unreasonable or     untrue.
Literature and History• O. Henry loved long and fancy words (after  all, he read dictionaries for fun!)• “After Twenty Yea...
The Four Million• “After Twenty Years” is from his second story  collection, The Four Million• The collection’s title refe...
Turn of the                       Century NYCPolice in the 1890’s
FASHION in the 1890’s
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  1. 1. “A RetrievedReformation” by O. Henry
  2. 2. Assiduously(uh SIJ oo us lee) (adv)
  3. 3. In a steady andhard-working way.
  4. 4. Virtuous(VUR choo us) (adj)
  5. 5. Morally good; honorable.
  6. 6. Compulsory(kum PUL su ree) (adj)
  7. 7. That which must be done; Required.
  8. 8. Rehabilitate(ree huh BIL i tate) (V)
  9. 9. To restore to useful life, as through therapy and education
  10. 10. Balk (bahlk) (V)
  11. 11. To refuse to move or act
  12. 12. Eminent () (adj)
  13. 13. Better than most others; very famous
  14. 14. Retribution () (N)
  15. 15. Punishment for bad behavior
  16. 16. Elusive () (adj)
  17. 17. Escaping from capture as bydaring, cleverness or skill.
  18. 18. Unobtrusively () (Adv)
  19. 19. In a way thatattracts little or no attention.
  20. 20. Unperceived(Ŭn per sēvd) (Adj)
  21. 21. Not seen.
  22. 22. The Gilded Age (1845-1916)“A Retrieved Reformation” is set in the last quarter of the 19th century, otherwise known as “The Gilded Age.”Gilded= “Covered with Gold”This was a time of incredible industrial and economic growth, as well as intense political corruption.For many though, this was a time of great wealth.
  23. 23. The Gilded AGe conTinued…During this time, the railroad system opened up the country with transportation, and wealthy entrepreneurs made their fortunes in oil, steel, and banking. (Examples: Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan)Mark Twain and author Charles Dudley Warner satirized (or made fun of) the pell-mell mood and decadence of the time called The Gilded Age and that is how the era came to be known.
  24. 24. A few InventionsThomas Edison – the lightbulb, motion picture camera, radio,Alexander Graham Bell- the telephoneJoseph Glidden- barbed wireHenry Ford- model T Ford
  25. 25. A few interesting and Important EventsRace Riots against Chinese laborers in San FranciscoNational League Baseball plays its 1st game: Boston against PhiladelphiaThe Battle of Little Bighorn takes place, an event known as Custer’s Last StandFirst strict immigration laws passed by President Cleveland; Ellis Island officially opensThe Titanic sinks
  26. 26. “After Twenty Years” by O. Henry
  27. 27. Habitual (Adj)
  28. 28. Established by long use.
  29. 29. Vicinity(vi SIN i tee) (N)
  30. 30. Neighborhood.
  31. 31. Staunchest(STONCH est) (adj)
  32. 32. Strongest; mostdetermined; most firm.
  33. 33. Dismally(diz məl lee) (adv)
  34. 34. In a gloomy ordepressed manner.
  35. 35. Simultaneously(si mul TA nee us lee) (adv)
  36. 36. Happening at the same time.
  37. 37. Stalwart(STAWL wert) (adj)
  38. 38. Strongly andstoutly built; sturdy.
  39. 39. Destiny (N)
  40. 40. Fate or outcome of a person’s life.
  41. 41. Egotism (N)
  42. 42. A sense of one’sown great impor- tance; conceit.
  43. 43. Intricate (adj)
  44. 44. Having many complexly arranagedelements; elaborate.
  45. 45. Absurdity (n)
  46. 46. Something that is unreasonable or untrue.
  47. 47. Literature and History• O. Henry loved long and fancy words (after all, he read dictionaries for fun!)• “After Twenty Years” is plainer than most, but he still has some typical O. Henry word choices.• For example, he uses the phrase “pacific thoroughfare” to describe a peaceful street.• As we read, see if you can figure out some of his amazing language for yourself!
  48. 48. The Four Million• “After Twenty Years” is from his second story collection, The Four Million• The collection’s title refers to the population of New York City in O. Henry’s day.• O. Henry collected his plots from his experiences in life. He once even said when asked where he got his plots that he got them “Everywhere! There are stories in everything.” He then picked up the menu and said, “There’s a story in this.”• As he sat there, he outlined the story “Springtime a la Carte” about a young couple in a restaurant.
  49. 49. Turn of the Century NYCPolice in the 1890’s
  50. 50. FASHION in the 1890’s

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