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  • Della Dillingham Young slowly counted out the meager savings she had for her husband's Christmas gift. Only $1.87, and sixty cents of it was in pennies. Simply not enough for the generous gift she had planned.
  • It took most of her willpower to make the decision to cut her hair and sell it for more money. Their prosperous history counted for nothing today, and their wealth had been squandered and depreciated. Only two treasures of their wealthy past remained- her hair, and her husband Jim's golden watch. She simply couldn't go without buying a grand gift for his Christmas.
  • Thoroughly searching the stores had yielded the perfect gift for Jim- a new fob chain to replace the old leather strap on his watch. She was ecstatic at her find, but still miserable that her hair was missing. Della also pondered at what her husband's reaction would be to her missing hair.
  • Jim! I simply couldn't go without buying you a good gift, you must understand! I had to sell my hair, $1.87 was never going to be enough for your present!
  • Della wanted him to understand desperately. She just couldn't buy a gift with only $1.87. The expression on his face was unreadable, and it scared her.
  • Your hair is gone, you say?
  • As soon as she understood why he had been confused, her fright completely vanished. He'd sold his watch for her gift- and whatever could it be?
  • So you're not angry?
  • No, I would never judge my own wife based on her hair. See, if you open my gift, you'll understand why you had me going for a while there.
  • Jim's gift for her was a set of beautiful tortoiseshell hair combs for Della(which she had been coveting) to wear in her long hair- but it was all gone. The gift was useless to her for now, as was the fob chain for Jim's watch.
  • Merry Christmas, Jim.
  • The irony of Della and Jim's story, here, is the importance of their gifts. See, each bought a gift that would be used in conjunction with their most prized treasures. But they had sold their treasures, making the gifts useless to each other. Della and Jim were not disheartened by this small, inconsequential slip-up, and therefore still had a happy Christmas under the influence of the Magi.
  • Merry Christmas to you too, Della.
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