After Twenty Years


O. Henry

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After Twenty Years Characters

Jimmy Wells

Jimmy Wells is a police officer and Bob’s best friend from childhood. While Bob decided to move out West to pursue his fortune, Jimmy chose instead to remain in New York, eventually becoming a… read analysis of Jimmy Wells


Bob, or “Silky Bob,” is a wanted criminal from Chicago as well as Jimmy’s best friend from childhood. When he was 18, he decided to move out West, leaving Jimmy behind in New York… read analysis of Bob
Minor Characters
Plainclothes Police Officer
This unnamed police officer pretends to be Jimmy Wells to fool Bob. He ultimately reveals himself to be a police officer, however, and arrests Bob, handing him Jimmy’s note.