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The title of the story I ‘m going to interpret is “The Love Drug”. The author of this story is O. Henry. O. Henry was a prolific American short-story writer, a master of surprise endings.
William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, 1862. His father was a physician. When William was three, his mother died, and he was raised by his paternal grandmother and aunt. At the age of fifteen William left school and then worked in a drug store and on a Texas ranch. He married in 1882.
He worked in Houston Post as a reporter and columnist. In 1897 he was convicted of embezzling money, although there has been much debate over his actual guilt. In 1898 he entered a penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio. While in prison O. Henry started to write short stories to earn money to support his daughter Margaret. His first work, “Whistling Dick’s Christmas Stocking” (1899), appeared in McClure’s Magazine. O. Henry’s last years were shadowed by alcoholism, ill health, and financial problems. O. Henry died of cirrhosis of the liver on June 5, 1910, in New York.
Henry’s collections are “Cabbages and Kings”, “The Four Million” (The Gift of the Magi, The Furnished Room”), “The Trimmed Lamp” (The Last Leaf), “Whirligigs” (The Ransom of Red Chief), “The Heart of the West”.
The title “The Love drug” can orientate the reader that the story will be about love. The theme of the story is love and friend’s treachery. The main idea of this story is to show the reader that person can do everything for love and betrayal of friends can be fatal.
The main characters of the story are: Jim, a young car – driver; his girlfriend Rosy; Rosy’s father Mr. Riddle; Jim’s friend Pilkins, a night clerk at a chemist.
The actions took place in the pharmacy and in Rosy’s house. The actions lasted during two days.
“The Love Drug” is a short story. It is well – written and easy to read. The story has a simple plot. In the beginning of the story the author wrote that Jim, a young car – driver, was in love with Rosy. Rosy was in love with him, but her father disliked Jim.
The explosion in this story was when Jim came to his friend Pilkins and asked him to help. Jim said, that they decided to run away and get married that night. But Rosy doubted whether they should do it. And Jim was afraid that she changes her mind. Pilkins offered to pour a powder to her and then they can escape.