Della Young. Della, married to Jim Young, has little to no money as they use it all for mainly rent. Concerned about what she will buy here husband for Christmas, she sells her hair, which is something she takes pride in. Afterwards, she buys a golden watch chain. She looks mighty similar to a school boy. She reassures Jim that it will grow back fast. Della has been eyeing a set of expensive combs in a store front, knowing she will never have them, until she realizes that Jim buys them for her Christmas gift and sells his watch for them.
Jim Young Jim Dillingham Young, married to Della Young, is working a poor job. It's already as bad as it is when he gets a salary cut from $30 to $20 a week. Jim has a watch to be proud of, which was passed down to him by his father, which was passed down to him by his father. He is and appears tired, underweight, and overworked. Out of the love he has for Della, Jim sells his watch in order to have enough money to buy her the set of combs she had been eyeing. When Jim returns home, he is shocked to find out that Della sells her hair for him and bought him a golden watch chain.