were a set of combs, pure tortoise shell, with jeweled rims and they were expensive combs. Question 13. Jim’s PresentJim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands underthe back of his head and smiled. “Dell, let’s put this christmas presents away and keep ‘em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get themoney to buy your combs and now suppose you put the chops on.” Jim had sold his watch and the present was to go with the watch that is why Jim behaved in such a way to the present. Yes a person would be happy about receiving a gift but the situation in this story is different. Question 14. The Irony of it All!!The ending of the story is ironic as both Della and Jim
sacrificed the most lovable things they possess. The important thing here is that Della sacrificed her hair for Jim and Jim sacrificed his antique gold watch for Della. It shows their unconditional love for each other. They learnt that the most precious gift is their self sacrificing love. They had the greatest gifts on christmas for themselves. Question 15. The MagiThe Magi were wise men who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. The narrator is comparing the pair of mutual sacrificed gifts of love with those of the Magi that’s why their gifts were perfect and wise. Yes Della and Jim are wise like the Magi because two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatesttreasures of their house. I think the reason of O. Henry telling this story is that he wants us to understand that the people who sacrifice the greatest treasures of their house, who give and receive gifts are the wisest. They are the Magi.
- Summer '16
- The Gift of the Magi, English-language films, Santa Claus, Della