haggle over what they needed to pay especially when they were bargaining to

Haggle over what they needed to pay especially when

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haggle over what they needed to pay, especially when they were bargaining to save some money for some purpose” (2010, p. 50). And selling her hair is not easy for Della. When she takes it down and looks at it, it falls below her knees which suggests just how very long and beautiful it must be. Then, “she did (her hair) up again nervously and quickly. Once she faltered for a minute and stood still while a tear or two splashed on the worn red carpet” (in Clugston, 2010). Della is very nervous about selling her hair, and she even sheds tears thinking about it and worries that she will no longer be attractive to Jim. But, her selfless love for Jim overrides her fear and she tells the person to whom she sells her hair to take it quickly before she can change her mind. And once she sells it, she spends the rest of the day on a cloud, searching for the
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The Gift 3 perfect gift for Jim and she finds it—a platinum fob for his watch. Because Jim’s gold watch is dear to him because it was his father’s and grandfather’s and has some monetary value as well, she knows that the chain is the perfect gift for Jim. She is able to get it for twenty-one dollars and hurries home with her gift and her eighty-seven cents in change. O. Henry very effectively uses characterization to promote this theme of selfless love and sacrifice with the character of Della in this obvious expression of love, but also with Jim. When Jim comes home from work, he also has a gift for Della. He looks at her in shock when he sees that her hair is gone, but not because she no longer has her signature tresses. When Della sees his
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