The Cop and the Anthem

by

O. Henry

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The Umbrella Man Character Analysis

When Soapy attempts to steal an anonymous man’s umbrella in a cigar shop, convinced this will get him arrested and taken to jail, this same man is at first irate and defensive, but backs down the more that Soapy pushes him, slowly revealing that he is in fact an umbrella thief himself.

The Umbrella Man Quotes in The Cop and the Anthem

The The Cop and the Anthem quotes below are all either spoken by The Umbrella Man or refer to The Umbrella Man. 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 Editions edition of The Cop and the Anthem published in 1994.
The Cop and the Anthem Quotes

In a cigar store he saw a well-dressed man lighting a cigar at a swinging light. His silk umbrella he had set by the door on entering. Soapy stepped inside, secured the umbrella and sauntered off with it slowly. The man at the cigar light followed hastily.

Related Characters: Soapy, The Window Shopper, The Umbrella Man
Related Symbols: The Umbrella
Page Number: 24
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Umbrella Man Character Timeline in The Cop and the Anthem

The timeline below shows where the character The Umbrella Man appears in The Cop and the Anthem. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...self-assured that this action will get him arrested. When a police officer witnesses the dispute, the man with the umbrella stutters and retreats, revealing to Soapy that he has once again misidentified this man as... (full context)