From O. Henry’s classic short story, “The Last Leaf”:
“…after the beating rain and fierce gusts of wind that had endured through the livelong night, there yet stood out against the brick wall one ivy leaf. It was the last one on the vine. Still dark green near its stem, with its serrated edges tinted with the yellow of dissolution and decay, it hung bravely from the branch some twenty feet above the ground.
‘It is the last one,’ said Johnsy. ‘I thought it would surely fall during the night. I heard the wind. It will fall today, and I shall die at the same time.'”
O. Henry, whose real name was William Sydney Porter, was so highly regarded as a master of the short story that, to this day, an annual award called the O. Henry Award is given out for the best short stories.
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