HC Bunner was part of the “Local Color” movement in writing. Around 1870 writers began to offer delightful vignettes of various sections of American People. Bunner wrote about real life New Yorkers. In time, practically every corner of the country had been portrayed in “Local Color” fiction. The avowed aim of some of these writers, was to realistically portray the lives of various sections and thus to promote understanding and create a united nation. Something we are still reaching for to this day, apparently. Enjoy!