Jimmy stuffed it into his vest-pocket, threw off his coat and pulled up his shirt- sleeves. Al then realizes that Man is considering jumping when Nurse returns. A 'main character' is a character person or animal in a story or movie that has … a big part in the story or movie. Jimmy Valentine is a tall man, he talks so humbly, he likes to spend time outdoors, he has committed crime specifically stealing money from safes, but overall, he is a nice guy. Two weeks before the wedding, he writes a letter to a friend, telling the friend to pick up the safe-cracker's tools that Valentine will not need anymore.
There isn't enough air, and, besides, she'll go into convulsions from fright. He set his suit-case on the table, and opened it out flat. Later he travels to Elmore where he meets Annabel, opens a shoe store, changes his name to Ralph D. There on the floor was still Ben Price's collar-button that had been torn from that eminent detective's shirt-band when they had overpowered Jimmy to arrest him. Ben sees the entire episode, but he recognizes Jimmy's actions indicate he has turned over a new leaf. He also promises to never touch another man's money again.
Not only that, but he decides to quit his old occupation and give away the tool box to an old pal. It might also be a case that Henry, by playing with the name Spencer and Valentine, is highlighting to the reader just how difficult it can be for a person who has been in prison to change their life. If anything it is by loving Annabel that Jimmy redeems himself. Where previously Jimmy had robbed for his own advantage now he has used the tools of his trade to help somebody else. At the end of the year, Jimmy has risen socially and in business and has become engaged to Annabel. Jimmy says that he will leave his past behind, he is a changed man, and he will give Ben his tools.
However, as he walks to the hotel, he catches the eye of the banker's beautiful daughter, Annabel Adams. Understanding Literature Character and Characterization. It is possible that he lacks motivation to change his life and it is only when he meets Annabel that he truly feels motivated or willing to change his life. In this story Gordimer is trying to shine light on the facts and the secrets that this policy has brought to the table. Thought I'd save express charges by taking them up. Years ago there used to be a field there where she would play with other children. There is a sense that Price knows that it would be pointless to put Jimmy back in prison when all he has really done is to help somebody else.
But it can be a contradiction to our actual feelings about this complex play. No, the clerk needn't call the boy. I'm Jimmy Valentine, I want to become a changed man. Henry has created in this story and the techniques he has used to create them. Something that Price is very much aware of. Jimmy is good at cracking safe locks and even has a very expensive set of tools to help him in these burglaries.
Do you want to go back to committing burglary? Carrying the tool case, Jimmy watches as Annabel's father shows them the bank's new safe. What does the clerk hand to Jimmy as he is released from prison? In general, how does O. What does he do after being released? There he tasted the first sweet joys of liberty in the shape of a broiled chicken and a bottle of white wine--followed by a cigar a grade better than the one the warden had given him. Their voices and his language were products of his era. Unperceived by the elders, May, the nine-year-old girl, in a spirit of play, had shut Agatha in the vault.
He moved to New York City, and during the next ten years, published more than 300 stories, gaining acclaim as Americas favorite short story author and as a writer who knew the hopes and despairs of the common people. The story is about Jimmy, a criminal who served time in prison for robbing banks. Long jumps, quick get-aways, no confederates, and a taste for good society--these ways had helped Mr. And it will be well worth your while You can find it here: Jimmy valentine is a thief who specializes in bank robberies. Cabbages and Kings came first, in 1904; followed by The Four Million; The Trimmed Lamp and Heart of the West in 1907; The Voice of the City in 1908; Roads of Destiny and Options in 1909, Strictly Business and Whirligigs in 1910. Both remain focused on their endeavours albeit for different reasons.
Ralph Spencer was this: he had won the respect of the community, his shoe-store was flourishing, and he and Annabel were engaged to be married in two weeks. Too many people try and improve themselves by becoming what they think is expected of them, but your own heart should is what ideally directs you. The detective that caught him before, Ben Price, notices his M. The attitude that Gordimer is expressing is one of disgust in the countries policy. From there he proceeded leisurely to the depot. The demands of Eveline's family takes lead over romantic involvement.
For instance, he gives some of his money to a poor beggar just after his release. What do you think Jimmy's relationship with Annabel offers him that he didn't have before? What happens to Jimmy in front of the Elmore Bank? Apprehended, Porter served a few months more than three years in a Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio. As the year goes on, he only falls more in love with her, and she returns his feelings in equal measure. A sudden and alterative attack of love made him change the name and become Ralph D. He had expected to stay only about three months, at the longest. Spencer, what shall we do? Depending on the situation that Jimmy might face. Background characters are the ones you only see for short periods of time.
He recognizes Jimmy's style in the burglaries right after Jimmy's early release. Her name was Annabel Adams, and her father owned that bank. Though Jimmy had taken the name Ralph Spencer he may never forget that he is Jimmy Valentine even if he has changed as a person. Henry use verbal irony in this story—to create humor or to make a point? Adams, the typical, plodding, country banker, approved of Spencer. Unfortunately, Annabel's nine-year-old niece May locks her five-year-old sister Agatha in the safe. There tends to be four stages, that the plot goes through during each story; childhood, adolescence, mature life and public life. Based on your analysis of the central conflict in the story, what is the point in which that conflict gets resolved? It is also interesting that Jimmy finds it difficult to stop robbing safes when he first leaves prison.