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A Cosmopolite in a Café


O. Henry, pseudonym of William Sydney Porter, was American author of hundreds of short stories. His works are well known throughout the world, noted for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization, and surprise endings. O. Henry chose to write as people spoke, with colloquialisms woven into the characters' voices. He uses normal, real-life situations and the key to their impact. Some of his best and least-known work is contained in Cabbages and Kings, a series of stories each of which explores some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town. A Cosmopolite in a Café is a story published in 1906. This story took place in a cafe. It all started in midnight when it was crowded with many people. But then everything started when a cosmopolite sat in a vacant chair when barely any of them pass by, instead just travellers. The cosmopolite was named E. Rushmore Coglan and is heard of from Coney Island. Coglan is a witty man, and his listeners enjoy his tales of faraway places. Coglan claims that he has never understood why people are so fond of the place they were born. ''What does it matter where a man is from? Is it fair to judge a man by his post-office address?'' He's been all around the world, and know a lot about the world also. But at the same time, he speaks disrespectfully of the equator. But in the end, he was figured out to be someone they didn't expect… Enjoy free online English audiobook “A Cosmopolite in a Café”, one of the most interesting short stories by O. Henry.

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