Enjoy the short story "October and June" of a great American writer O. Henry. You will read about a frustrated marriage, but the unexpected ending makes this story humorous and ironic. Main character, Captain gets a letters from his sweetheart, where she refuses to marry him. The reason she gave was the age difference. For such a determined person as Captain it doesn't sound like a sufficient reason. His love, care and high position in society can cover the difference in age. So he rushes to her place hoping to win this battle. The lady meets him with a gentle smile, through she's uncompromising in her decision. Age difference will become a problem in a couple of years and their marriage won't be happy. Courageous Captain calmly accepts this answer and goes back home. Only the last paragraph gives us a key to the whole composition, turning this sad story into a comical incident.