The Cop and the Anthem


O. Henry

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The Church Anthem

At the end of “The Cop and the Anthem,” Soapy has an epiphany after listening to a song—the “anthem” of the story’s title—emanating from a church. While the church in O. Henry’s story feels surprisingly…

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The Umbrella

The silk umbrella that Soapy attempts to steal symbolizes the deceptive nature of appearances as well as fact that there is no meaningful difference between the haves and have nots in O. Henry’s story. Markers…

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