A Retrieved Reformation


O. Henry

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Mike Dolan Character Analysis

A long-time friend of Jimmy Valentine and owner of the café where Jimmy rents a room. After Jimmy is released from prison, it is revealed that Mike was instrumental in orchestrating Jimmy’s pardon from the governor. Mike is kind and accommodating, yet he is very clearly entrenched in organized crime and political corruption.

Mike Dolan Quotes in A Retrieved Reformation

The A Retrieved Reformation quotes below are all either spoken by Mike Dolan or refer to Mike Dolan. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Modern Library edition of A Retrieved Reformation published in 1994.
A Retrieved Reformation Quotes

“Sorry we couldn’t make it sooner, Jimmy, me boy,” said Mike. “But we had that protest from Springfield to buck against, and the governor nearly balked. Feeling all right?”

Related Characters: Mike Dolan (speaker), Jimmy Valentine/Ralph D. Spencer
Page Number: 119
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Mike Dolan Character Timeline in A Retrieved Reformation

The timeline below shows where the character Mike Dolan appears in A Retrieved Reformation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
A Retrieved Reformation
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...train, Jimmy arrives at a town near the Arkansas state line and goes directly to Mike Dolan’s café. There, Mike apologizes for leaving Jimmy in prison for so long. He explains... (full context)
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...of which he actually invented himself. A half an hour later, Jimmy appears back at Mike’s café, wearing stylish clothing and carrying his tools. Mike asks Jimmy where he is headed,... (full context)