Teaser: It was a day in March.
After this tabooed beginning, O. Henry crafts his comically touching story of a girl, engaged to a farmer's son. She planned to have spring wedding:"at the very first signs of spring." But it is March and the snows have not melted from the streets. Her whole existence has begun to feel rather hopeless...
...but no, you'll have to read it to find out what happens.
Something To Laugh At: To begin the story, O. Henry says that "it was a day in March," a comment he immediately tells all readers never to copy: it is boring, it is dry. It is an bad way to begin the story.
For an poor way to begin the story, he surely does manages to make it a good one!