“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it,” said C.S. Lewis, one of the greatest English writers of the medieval period. This book is a part of a set of ten books of the Greatest Classic Series containing fascinating and hilarious stories that will tickle your brain and make you laugh heartily with some of them having sarcastic or surprise endings -- all written by world famous authors, like O. Henry, Saki, Ambrose Bierce, Washington Irving, Charles Dickens and many more. Actually, the entire classic series has been aimed to enrich the young minds with the wonderful assets of English language and literature and to develop their interest in understanding the language, inculcating in them the reading habits, particularly among the school- going children in the age group of 12 to 18 years studying in higher classes from standard seven to twelve. This book contains an introductory page exclusively about the author, his brief life sketch, notable works and achievements along with word meanings of difficult words on each page marked and highlighted in the text for the students' convenience and easy understanding of the story. There is also an Exercise part after each story titled as 'An Understanding' containing four or five Questions which the reader/student has to answer making the book all the more interesting and reader-friendly. Therefore, these books are a must read for all the students, irrespective of their age, education and social background. Even the teachers may find it interesting and can recommend the books for the senior classes as supplementary reading.