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“The Last Leaf”

02 Nov
“The Last Leaf”, originally uploaded by *Gracie.

Photography by Gracie – © All rights reserved

by O. Henry

In a little district west of Washington Square the streets have run
crazy and broken themselves into small strips called “places.” These
“places” make strange angles and curves. One street crosses itself
a time or two. An artist once discovered a valuable possibility in
this street. Suppose a collector with a bill for paints, paper and
canvas should, in traversing this route, suddenly meet himself
coming back, without a cent having been paid on account!

So, to quaint old Greenwich Village the art people soon came
prowling, hunting for north windows and eighteenth-century gables
and Dutch attics and low rents. Then they imported some pewter mugs
and a chafing dish or two from Sixth avenue, and became a “colony.”

At the top of a squatty, three-story brick Sue and Johnsy had their
studio. “Johnsy” was familiar for Joanna. One was from Maine; the
other from California. They had met at the _table d’hote_ of an
Eighth street “Delmonico’s,” and found their tastes in art, chicory
salad and bishop sleeves so congenial that the joint studio
resulted.

That was in May. In November a cold, unseen stranger, whom the
doctors called Pneumonia, stalked about the colony, touching one
here and there with his icy fingers. Over on the east side this
ravager strode boldly, smiting his victims by scores, but his feet
trod slowly through the maze of the narrow and moss-grown “places.”

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3 responses to ““The Last Leaf”

  1. Suresh Gundappa

    November 6, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I love this composition! I amazed at your growth as a photographer! I guess it is a probably reflection of your inner growth!

    Wonderful Gracie! stay Loved!

     
  2. Gracie

    November 7, 2008 at 11:05 am

    WOW – Thank you, Suresh. This is a real honor coming from you, my dear! (blushing)

     

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