What is the moral lesson of the story, "After Twenty Years"?O. Henry’s "After Twenty Years"

What is the moral lesson of the story, “After Twenty Years”?O. Henry’s “After Twenty Years”

What is the moral lesson of the story, “After Twenty Years”?O. Henry’s “After Twenty Years”

What is the moral lesson of the story, “After Twenty Years”?O. Henry’s “After Twenty Years”
Perhaps the greatest moral lesson that the reader of O. Henry’s short story “After Twenty Years” gleans from its reading is the value that friendship should hold in one’s life.  For, it is out of respect for the strong, deep friendship of his youth that Jimmy Wells, now Patrolman Wells, does not arrest ‘Silky’ Bob, a criminal wanted in Chicago.  He simply cannot degrade Bob to the level of a fugitive from the law when he encounters him in the doorway of what once was ‘Big Joe’ Brady’s restaurant.  And, so, Patrolman Wells asks a plainsclothesman to make the arrest for him and give Bob his note of explanation that he has had to perform the duties of his job, while at the same time demonstrating a respect for the friendship which they have had all these years.