26 September 2019
"There was a pier-glass between the windows of the room." (O.Henry 100).
"When Della reached home..." (O.Henry 101).
“Jim, darling,” she cried, “don’t look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and soldit because I couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. It’ll Grow out again..." (O. Henry 102).
"...But if you'll unwrap that package..." (O. Henry 102).
IN PARAGRAPHS 1-42, THE STORY IS TOLD IN THIRD PERSON LIMITED (NARRATOR TALKS ABOUT DELLA'S FEELINGS) AND SWITCHES INTO FIRST PERSON FOR PARAGRAPH 43. (MAGI DESCRIBES THEMSELVES) THE STORY TAKES PLACE AROUND STREET STORES (WHERE DELLA CUTS HAIR AND BUYS JIM'S GIFT) AS WELL AS JIM AND DELLA'S HOME. (WHERE MOST OF STORY TAKES PLACE).
"I sold the watch to get the money to buy the combs..." (O. Henry 103).
"He simply stared at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face." (O.Henry 101). This foreshadows that something is unsettling Jim, which means something is wrong.
"And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house." (O. Henry 103).
“Dell,” said he, “let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ’em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present..." (O. Henry 103).
Jim is upset that Della has cut off and sold her hair. Della is confused and tries to explain to Jim that everything will be okay.
Both characters realize they have sold two very valuable items to buy two other items neither of them could use.
This is situational irony. Readers and characters expected to see two people filled with excitement and joy when receiving their gifts, not sorrow. But even without the gifts, the characters sacrifices show how much they truly love each other.
When someone's relationship is strong enough and the two people truly love each other, they will go the extra mile and sacrifice anything to make one another happy.