The man from the West stopped suddenly and released his arm. Trying doors as he went, twirling his club with many intricate and artful movements, turning now and then to cast his watchful eye adown the pacific thoroughfare, the officer, with his stalwart form and slight swagger, made a fine picture of a guardian of the peace. One man, Bob, meets an officer on the street and tells the lawman about his plan to meet his friend Jimmy. Henry stories included in the compact disc collection Classic American Short Stories, ready by William Roberts. Henry Abridged and adapted People often say that friendship lasts forever. He does not take pleasure in bringing his friend to justice, so he has another patrolman make the arrest. I have a position in one of the city departments.
The other, submerged in his overcoat, listened with interest. He started telling his success story to his friend. His scarfpin was a large diamond, oddly set. Additionally, his old pal even unknowingly praises him to his face as being 'the finest chap in the world. As the policeman walked up to him the man spoke up quickly. I managed to make a lot of money.
The few foot passengers astir in that quarter hurried dismally and silently along with coat collars turned high and pocketed hands. We figured that in twenty years each of us ought to have our destiny worked out and our fortunes made, whatever they were going to be. Being a law-abiding and moral person he arrests his friend and he could not ignore it. The man was wearing a scarf and the ends of the scarf were held together by a gold pin. But that doesn't mean you can't come prepared for the twists of 'After Twenty Years. Well, we agreed that night that we would meet here again exactly twenty years from that date and time, no matter what our conditions might be or from what distance we might have to come. Even the diamond serves to identify him as a criminal, being a valuable gem with an imperfect setting.
Chicago police thought you may have arrived in New York. It's nearly 10:00, and all's quiet as he walks his beat, checking locks for safety. As the policeman walked up to him the man spoke up quickly. Going to call time on him sharp? I have a good job in one of the New York City departments. You couldn't have dragged Jimmy out of New York; he thought it was the only place on earth. You may read it here at the window.
The man reveals himself to be a policeman who arrests Bob, a wanted criminal. He smoked his cigar and waited. How has the West treated you, old man? The few foot passengers astir in that quarter hurried dismally and silently along with coat collars turned high and pocketed hands. I've had to compete with some of the sharpest wits going to get my pile. He risked getting caught keeping this appointment, but he would not be stopped. Hope your friend comes around all right.
On the other hand, he would be guilty of betraying his friend by causing him to be arrested. And in the door of the hardware store the man who had come a thousand miles to fill an appointment, uncertain almost to absurdity, with the friend of his youth, smoked his cigar and waited. As the two men greet each other heartily, Bob begins to recognize some unfamiliar characteristics in his friend; namely, he seems taller than he remembered. Now and then you might see the lights of a cigar store or of an all—night lunch counter; but the majority of the doors belonged to business places that had long since been closed. On one hand, he could have let his friend Silky Bob escape and gone on his way but Jimmy as a police officer would have been guilty of failing to do his sworn duty. It takes the West to put a razor-edge on him. I never thought you were so tall.
The person speaks up and reassures the officer that he's not looking to cause any trouble - just waiting on a friend with whom he'd made an appointment 20 years ago to meet at that spot. He and I were raised here in New York, just like two brothers, together. Instead of a happy meeting, Jimmy reports Bob, causing him to be arrested. How has the West treated you? The policeman wishes him luck and continues on his beat. Hope your friend comes around all right.
The man from the West stopped suddenly and released his arm. There was now a fine, cold drizzle falling, and the wind had risen from its uncertain puffs into a steady blow. At the corner stood a drug store, brilliant with electric lights. All he wants is to send another cop to arrest Bob, because he can't face his old friend and put him under arrest. He is confident and dutiful in his job, so much so that he reports his friend. It takes the West to put a razor-edge on him. The area was one that kept early hours.
The film starred Richard Keats and Glen Thompson. I was eighteen and Jimmy was twenty. I hope that your best friend comes around all right. Somehow I couldn't do it myself, so I went around and got a plain clothes man to do the job. You see, the West is a pretty big proposition, and I kept hustling around over it pretty lively. In the doorway of a darkened hardware store a man leaned, with an unlighted cigar in his mouth. When you struck the match to light your cigar I saw it was the face of the man wanted in Chicago.
While Bob is waiting, a policeman arrives and they begin to talk as Bob boasts of how well he has fared meanwhile. If Jimmy is alive on earth he'll be here by that time. When they came into these lights, each of them turned at the same time to look at the other's face. The vicinity was one that kept early hours. The light showed a pale, square-jawed face with keen eyes, and a little white scar near his right eyebrow. After Twenty Years The Policeman on the beat moved up the avenue impressively. The impressiveness was habitual and not for show, for spectators were few.