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story just a little more. He states that one might have seen a pier-shaped glass before or that they know what the original story of the Magi was. He depends on the knowledge of the reader to draw them in closer and drive the theme of the story home to the reader.The setting of this story is of a young, married couple who barely have enough money to survive. This is seen in the opening sentence of the story “One dollar and eighty-seven cents is all she has” (Clugston, 2014, Section 4.4). It is Christmas time and the wife has been saving all of her pennies that she has saved by pleading with the grocery store and the butcher to get cheaper prices. That is all of the money that she has to buy her husband a present for Christmas. It is also seen when the author describes the flat in which they live. He does not come right out and give a description, but one can tell by the use of his words that the flat is not exactly
LITERARY THEME3luxurious. He mentions the name plate on the mail box that reads “Mr. James Dillingham Young”. After receiving a pay decrease from thirty dollars a week to twenty, “They were thinking seriously of contracting to a modest and unassuming D” (Clugston, 2014, Section 4.4). Which symbolizes the struggle with money that they were having.