It was beautiful and simple as all truly great swindles are. O. Henry Instagram sharing coming soon. Quote text and source copied to clipboard. Link to this quote copied to clipboard. More information about this quote Topic Swindles and scams Author O. Henry Source The Octopus Marooned The Gentle Grafter Medium Short story Language English Time 1908 1900s 20th century Occupation Writer From United States Authentication Score 3 More information on Authentication Score coming soon. Citation O. Henry. "The Octopus Marooned." The Gentle Grafter. 1908. Citation text copied to clipboard.