New York by Camp Fire Light (Henry)

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New York by Camp Fire Light
Summary of the Short Story
Microsummary: A cowboy shared his experiences in New York City with his fellow campers, recounting his attempts to navigate high society and his appreciation for a kind young woman who made a mistake while hosting a dinner.

A group of hunters were camping in the Creek Nation when they met Bud Kingsbury, a skilled hunter and guide who had spent some time in New York City.

Bud Kingsbury — narrator; cowboy and skilled hunter; polite, helpful, and adaptable.

One evening, Bud shared his experiences in the big city with the group. He told them about a time when he was invited to a dinner party at the home of a wealthy New York family. The hostess, Miss Sterling, attempted to cook a fancy meal for her guests, but made a few mistakes along the way.

Miss Sterling — young woman from New York; elegant, friendly, and attentive.

Bud, being a gentleman, helped her save face by pretending to enjoy the poorly prepared dishes. He even drank a bowl of unsweetened lemonade, prompting the other guests to do the same. Miss Sterling later thanked him for his kindness and understanding.

I endeavours to be polite and help the ladies out.

Bud also shared a story about a New Yorker who came to work on a ranch in the West. The man constantly talked about New York City, much to the annoyance of the other ranch hands. One day, the man was injured in a horse riding accident and appeared to be on the verge of death. As he lay unconscious, he began to describe a beautiful scene that the others assumed was heaven. However, when he overheard them, he woke up and corrected them, saying he thought it was Broadway in New York City. The man eventually recovered and returned to New York.

Bud concluded his stories by saying that the most striking trait of New Yorkers is their love for their city. They may have heard of other places, but they truly believe that New York is the best place in the world.