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1905, by O. Henry
The story tells of a young husband and wife and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money.
The theme of the story is that the greatest gift of all is unconditional love. Through the sacrifices Della and Jim make for one another, they prove love is more important than material possessions. As the narrator says: “Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest.”
There are three characters in the story "The Gift of the Magi": Della Dillingham Young, her husband Jim, and Madame Sofronie.
The Gift of the Magi is surely O. Henry's best-known story of all. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been popular for adaptation, especially for presentation at Christmas time.
“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”
“Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him. Something fine and rare and sterling—something”
“Pennies saved one and two at a time”
“Eight dollars a week or a million a year—what is the difference? A mathematician or a wit would give you the wrong answer.”
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