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by O. Henry The Gift of the Magi Annotated One dollar and eighty- seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. We’re told that someone has only $1.87. That’s not very much. Annotated Gift of the Magi © 2007. All Rights Reserved. And a lot of it is in pennies, as if someone worked hard to scrape it together, a penny at a time. Press <Enter> Now to Continue
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by O. Henry The Gift of the Magi Annotated Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. This part tells us that the person who saved the $1.87 did it by arguing with merchants about prices and getting them to come down a penny or two at a time. Annotated Gift of the Magi © 2007. All Rights Reserved. Press <Enter> to Continue Notes
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by O. Henry The Gift of the Magi Annotated Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. That means that the merchants probably thought the shopper was a cheapskate! Annotated Gift of the Magi © 2007. All Rights Reserved. Being thought of as cheap is what silent imputation of parsimony means. Press <Enter> Now to Continue
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by O. Henry The Gift of the Magi Annotated Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas. The author now tells us the name of the person who is trying to get some money together: Della. Annotated Gift of the Magi © 2007. All Rights Reserved. And we find out here that the story takes place on the day before Christmas. Press <Enter> Now to Continue
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by O. Henry The Gift of the Magi Annotated There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating. Della doesn’t have enough money, and she’s upset about it. Annotated Gift of the Magi © 2007. All Rights Reserved. Question 1 : Why do you think she might need money? Press <Enter> to Continue Notes
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by O. Henry The Gift of the Magi Annotated There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating. The author says that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating. Annotated Gift of the Magi © 2007. All Rights Reserved. This is his way of saying that life is happy sometimes, sad sometimes, but mostly in between. Press <Enter> to Continue Notes
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by O. Henry The Gift of the Magi Annotated There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl.
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