"Three times Della counted it" "One dollar and eighty seven cents And the next day would be Christmas" "There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl"
"if Jim doesn't kill me"
"On went her old brown jacket on went her old brown hat. With a whirl of skirts and with brilliant sparkle still in her eyes, she fluttered out the door and down the stair into the street" "Where she stopped the sign read; "Mme. Sofronie. Hair Goods of all kinds"
"you've cut off your hair?"
"She was ransacking the stored of Jim's present"
"let's put our Christmas presents away and keep 'em a while They're to nice to use just at present."
"Then she heard his step on the stair away down on the first flight, and she turned white for just a moment "
"He simply stared at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face."
"Jim darling" "Don't look at me that way"
" JIm drew a package from his overcoats and threw it upon the table" "For there lay the combs-the set of combs, side and back" "Jim had not yet seen his beautiful present. She held it out to him eagerly upon her open palm" "Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled"