Next morning when he got into his car, the inside of the windshield was iced. He used the small plastic scraper from his glove compartment. As he scraped the middle and right side, he realized the grey ice curling and falling from the glass was the frozen breath of his children.
O. Henry was born William Sydney Porter on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. His father, Algernon Sidney Porter, was a physician. His mother, Mrs. Algernon Sidney Porter (Mary Virginia Swaim), died from consumption when O. Henry was three, and he was raised by his paternal grandmother and his aunt.
Just at daybreak, I was awakened by a series of awful screams fromBill. They weren't yells, or howls, or shouts, or whoops, or yawps,such as you'd expect from a manly set of vocal organs--they weresimply indecent, terrifying, humiliating screams, such as womenemit when they see ghosts or caterpillars. It's an awful thing tohear a strong, desperate, fat man scream incontinently in a cave atdaybreak.