In his short story “After Twenty Years”, O. Henry illustrates that life changes everything; it even can change a good man into a bad one. One night a policeman walked down the streets and met a man, whose name was Billy. This man told the policeman that he was waiting for his best friend. Twenty years ago the narrator left New York – his native city, and gone to West; but his best friend remained home. Two friends agreed to meet after twenty years at the place where they met last time. The narrator was sure that if his friend Jimmy was alive, he would come.
The policeman had gone, but Billy continued his wait. He waited a little, and a tall man appeared. Two men walked till the light of a drug store illuminated Jimmy’s face. Immediately Billy understood that it wasn’t his friend. It was another policeman, who was told to arrest Billy.
The man, whom Billy met earlier, was Jimmy; he recognized that his old friend was wanted in Chicago. But he couldn’t arrest him. It was written in the letter, that the policeman gave Billy.
After twenty years one of the two friends became a criminal, another arrested him. Their long-waited meeting wasn’t like they expected. Both were disappointed.