Study Guide

The Umbrella Man in The Cop and the Anthem

By O. Henry

The Umbrella Man

The last thing Soapy does to try to get arrested before giving up for the night is to steal an umbrella. The irony here is the umbrella man "picked it up this morning in a restaurant" (35) and thinks Soapy is its real owner. Like the other characters, the umbrella man is someone who thwarts Soapy's plans.