"Bolivar can not carry double" - immortal quote from the novel of O. Henry


2018-03-18 02:01:05




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Stories by O. Henry a famous to anyone who loves to read. All the other familiar with them thanks to the wonderful film adaptations of works of outstanding American writer. The phrase “sand – a poor substitute for oats”, “will have time to reach the canadian border”, “Bolivar can not carry double” were winged, and their appropriate use indicates a good sense of humor and erudition interlocutor.

Bolivar cannot carry double

The Secret of success in literary miniatures by O. Henry in their life the truth is not timeless and eternal. In turn, to achieve such accuracy is impossible if the author has no experience and he was not able to experience difficulties. Careless, well-fed and prosperous life enriching human qualities required of a good writer.

Real name of O. Henry - William Sydney porter, he was born in North Carolina, in the small town of Greensboro. Orphaned early, the young man began to work, first in pharmacy, then as a Bank teller. He suffered serious trouble, William was accused of embezzlement. Go on the Lam, a young man met different people, and, apparently, have heard many adventurous stories. Perhaps part of the story "confrontation", a story about the robbery of the train, it was then conceived, and the phrase ‘Bolivar can not carry double” were in tune with the mood of hiding from the law clerk. However, the idea of the future work could occur in the prison of the city of Columbus (Ohio), where the future writer spent three years.

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William porter, due to its pharmaceutical experience, took a job working in a prison infirmary. The prisoners were often sick, and the doctor was quite time to try to write stories. Here was invented the pseudonym O. Henry. Why this, about how history is silent.


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Bolivar can not carry double meaning

O. Henry wrote more than 270 short stories. Among them, “the Road…” with the famous phrase “Bolivar can not carry double”, meaning that in the ruthlessness of the “world of profit”. One person kills another, not because he feels hatred for him, just business is too small for two. And no matter whether he shoots from colt, or Wortley competitor more civilized and economic way. Nothing personal, just a horse Bolivar can not carry double riders, and all.

A Variety of characters short stories by O. Henry. Among them, small clerks, and aces–sharks of wall Street and fellow-writers, and street thugs, and ordinary laborers, politicians, and actors, and cowboys, and a laundress… but only one out of these novels. The writer lamented at times that will be remembered as the author of the small literary forms, and all promised to create a great novel or even a Novella.

In fact, collectively, these short stories create a three-dimensional picture of American life at the beginning of the XX century, in all its detail and diversity that hardly could be achieved even in the most voluminous epic work. And canvas this may not seem like scenes from old and someone else's life, much of them are very similar to the events of the day. Maybe this is why we often hear the phrase ‘Bolivar can not carry double” when talking about cynical elimination of a competitor…

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