"Jim, darling," she cried, "don't look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn't have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. It'll grow out again—you won't mind, will you? I just had to do it. My hair grows awfully fast. Say `Merry Christmas!' Jim, and let's be happy. You don't know what a nice—what a beautiful, nice gift I've got for you." Jim reassures Della that he still loves her no matter what. Jim then proceeds to offer her a gift box containing her Christmas gift. Della opens the box and she is gripped with a moment of ecstatic joy, which quickly turns into hysterical wails and tears. In the box lay her long coveted objects-pairs of tortoise shell combs. Della is happy, but comes to a sad realization that the she has no hair to wear the combs. During the confusion and rush of emotions, Della remembers her fob chain gift which she presents to Jim. "Dell," said he, "let's put our Christmas presents away and keep 'em a while. They're too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. This is indeed a surprising turn of events that is so interesting and emotional. The couple displays great love for each other, because they both show a desire to offer their partners the best gift possible, seems to be the greatest treasure in their lives because each one of them offers up for
sale some of their most prized possessions for the sake of expression their love for one another. Despite the risks, humiliation and costs of the sacrifice each of them is ready to lose what they have to express their love. Truly indeed when you have enough money, and you are able to supply what you need, after this point money’s importance suddenly decrease and remains only one way to be happy. Once you try to have more than you have, in the pursuit of wealth and possessions you can lose your most important relationships with your friends and family as in the story “The Necklace”. As time passes by money will depreciate, but love will be with you whether your alive or gone. There are times, when love is more important. You need money to survive, but love is the overall solution to any problems that you face. Having someone that loves you keeps you happy. You feel that there is always a need to do something for someone you love.
- Fall '15
- The Necklace, Hairstyle, Guy de Maupassant, Mathilde