The Last Leaf

The Last Leaf
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  • Johnsy has fallen ill and is dying of pneumonia. She watches the leaves fall from a vine outside the window of her room, and decides that when the last leaf drops, she too will die, while Sue tries to tell her to stop thinking like that.
  • An old, frustrated artist named Behrman lives below Johnsy and Sue. He has been claiming that he will paint a masterpiece, even though he has never even attempted to start.
  • Sue goes to him and tells him that her friend is dying of pneumonia, and that Johnsy claims she will die when the last leaf falls off of a vine outside her window. Behrman scoffs at this as foolishness, but—as he is protective of the two young artists—he decides to see Johnsy.
  • In the night, a very bad storm comes and wind is howling and rain is splattering against the window. Sue closes the curtains and tells Johnsy to go to sleep, even though there is still one leaf left on the vine. Johnsy protests but Sue insists on doing so because she doesn't want Johnsy to see the last leaf fall.
  • In the night, a very bad storm comes and wind is howling and rain is splattering against the window. Sue closes the curtains and tells Johnsy to go to sleep, even though there is still one leaf left on the vine. Johnsy protests but Sue insists on doing so because she doesn't want Johnsy to see the last leaf fall.
  • In the morning, Johnsy wants to see the vine, to be sure that all the leaves are gone, but to their surprise, there is still one leaf left.  Johnsy believes that the leaf stayed there to show how wicked she was, and that she sinned in wanting to die. She regains her will to live, and makes a full recovery throughout the day.
  • In the afternoon, a doctor talks to Sue. The doctor says that Mr. Behrman has come down with pneumonia. After two days he died. Sue told Johnsy to look out the window. She told her that Mr. Behrman painted his masterpiece during the stormy night when the last leaf fell.
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