Reading Guide for “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen” by O. Henry

“Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen,” like so many of O. Henry’s other stories, is rife with irony, mocking humor, and his signature surprise endings. These qualities make it difficult to say with certainty what O. Henry is up to: is he satirizing the tradition of Thanksgiving, or is he showing us and celebrating its redeeming essence? This guide include background information about the author and discussion questions to enhance your understanding and stimulate conversation about the story.

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