Sound And Fury
[O. Henry wrote this for Ainslee's Magazine, where it appeared in March, 1903.]
PERSONS OF THE DRAMA
MR. PENNE An Author
MISS LORE An Amanuensis
SCENE—Workroom of Mr. Penne's popular novel factory.
MR. PENNE—Good morning, Miss Lore. Glad to see you so prompt. We should finish
that June installment for the Epoch to-day. Leverett is crowding me for it. Are you quite
ready? We will resume where we left off yesterday. (Dictates.) "Kate, with a sigh, rose
from his knees, and—"
MISS LORE—Excuse me; you mean "rose from her knees," instead of "his," don't you?
MR. PENNE—Er—no—"his," if you please. It is the love scene in the garden. (Dictates.)
"Rose from his knees where, blushing with youth's bewitching coyness, she had rested for
a moment after Cortland had declared his love. The hour was one of supreme and tender
joy. When Kate—scene that Cortland never—"
MISS LORE—Excuse me; but wouldn't it be more grammatical to say "when Kate saw,"
instead of "seen"?
MR. PENNE—The context will explain. (Dictates.) "When Kate—scene that Cortland
never forgot—came tripping across the lawn it seemed to him the fairest sight that earth
had ever offered to his gaze."
MR. PENNE (dictates)—"Kate had abandoned herself to the joy of her new-found love so
completely, that no shadow of her former grief was cast upon it. Cortland, with his arm
firmly entwined about her waist, knew nothing of her sighs—"
MISS LORE—Goodness! If he couldn't tell her size with his arm around—
MR. PENNE (frowning)—"Of her sighs and tears of the previous night."