Write a character sketch of the character Mr. Easton in O. Henry’s story “Hearts and Hands”.
In O. Henry’s short story “Hearts and Hands”, Mr. Easton is presented as a handsome young man with a bold and frank manner. He previously used to live in Washington but later shifted to the West for a better way of living. But in pursuit of more money, he indulged himself in some criminal activities. Now he was being taken to the Leavenworth prison for seven years of imprisonment for counterfeiting. So, it is evident that he is quite ambitious and reckless. Like Miss Fairchild, he is also unwise and at a moral corruption, ready to do anything to earn more money.
you know it takes money to keep steps with our crowd in Washington.
On the other hand, we see a positive side of his character too in the form of the frankness in his behaviour. Though he was a bit embarrassed to be handcuffed in front of his old friend, he was probably
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Mr. Easton is quite frank in expressing his disinterest in continuing a relationship with Miss Fairchild as she was interested in an ambassador in Washington. This indicates to his disliking of her shifting interest.