The gift of the magi

The gift of the magi

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  • "three times Della counted it. One dollar and eigty seven cents. and the next day would be Christmas" (Henry).
  • Exposition
  • I need to get a gift for my husband!
  • “Will you buy my hair?' asked Della 'I buy hair,' said Madame. 'Take yer hat off and let’s have a sight at the looks of it.' Down rippled the brown cascade.'Twenty dollars,' said Madame, lifting the mass with a practiced hand. 'Give it to me quick,' said Della" (Henry).
  • Rising
  • "She was ransacking the stores for Jim's present.She found it at last. It surely had been made for Jim and no one else. There was no other like it in any of the stores, and she had turned all of them inside out. It was a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation" (Henry).
  • Rising
  • This gift will be perfect for my husband
  • That will be $20 please
  • "White fingers and nimble tore at the string and paper. And then an ecstatic scream of joy; and then, alas! a quick feminine change to hysterical tears and wails, necessitating the immediate employment of all the comforting powers of the lord of the flat.For there lay The Combs—the set of combs, side and back, that Della had worshipped long in a Broadway window. Beautiful combs, pure tortoise shell, with jeweled rims" (Henry).
  • Climax
  • I sold my watch to get you this comb for your hair
  • But i sold my hair
  • "Jim had not yet seen his beautiful present. She held it out to him eagerly upon her open palm. The dull precious metal seemed to flash with a reflection of her bright and ardent spirit.'Isn’t it a dandy, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. You’ll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it” (Henry).
  • Climax
  • But I sold my watch
  • but I sold my hair to get you this chain for your watch
  • Falling
  • "Dell', said he, 'let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ’em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. And now suppose you put the chops on” (Henry).
  • It will be ok
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