Gift of the Magi (setting)
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And the next day would be Christmas.
They are Poor
"There was clearly nothing to do but to flop down on the shabby little couch and howl."
Need Money to Buy each other a Gift
"A furnished $8 per week. It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that for word on the look out for the mendicany squad."
This is showing how the next day is Christmas so she is trying to buy her husband Jim a present for Jim.
This is showing how they are poor because there is nothing to do but to lay down on the "shabby" couch.
This is showing how they are poor and they only have to pay $8 a week to rent there apartment. This affects the characters because they have to figure out a way (sell something) just to get the money to buy each other a Christmas present.
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