Study Guide

The Cop and the Anthem Characters

By O. Henry

Soapy

Soapy is the main character of "The Cop and the Anthem" and the only character whose name we...

Policemen

We count six cops in total throughout this story. All but the sixth one has no interest in...

Waiters

Like the cops, the waiters are nameless. Unlike the cops, two of the four we see actually use a...

The Umbrella Man

The last thing Soapy does to try to get arrested before giving up for the night is to steal an...

The Lady

The lady is the only female in the story, and she provides a little comic relief. There is...

The Organist

We never see the organist but he (or maybe she) is vital to the story. If the organist hadn't...

The Judge

The Judge sentences Soapy to jail at the very, very end of the story. We know nothing about him...