THE COP AND THE ANTHEMBy O HENRY
Soapy is a jobless, homeless man. In the summer, he sleeps on the roads or in the parks.But no winter is coming and Soapy has to find a place to stay. Where will lie go? Soapyis trying to find an answer to this question. He sits thinking on a park bench in MadisonSquare, in New York City.
Soapy moved restlessly on his seat in Madison Square. There are certainsigns to show that winter is coming. Birds begin to fly south. People wantnice, new, warm coats. And Soapy moves restlessly on his seat in the park.When you see these signs, you know that winter is near.A dead leaf fell at Soapy’s feet. That was a special sign for him that winterwas coming. It was time for all who lived in Madison Square to prepare.Soapy’s mind now realized that fact. The time had come. He had to findsome way to take care of himself during the cold weather. And therefore, hemoved restlessly on his seat.Soapy’s hopes for the winter were not very high. He was not thinking of sailing away on a ship. He was not thinking of southern skies, or of the Bayof Naples. Three months in the prison on Blackwell’s Island was what hewanted. Three months of food every day and a bed every night, three monthssafe from the cold north wind and safe from cops. This is what Soapywanted most in the world.For years, Blackwell’s Island had been his winter home. Richer NewYorkers made their large plans to go to Florida or to the shore of theMediterranean Sea each winter.
Soapy made his small plans for going to theisland.
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