About the Book
Thank you for your purchase! “The Gift of the Magi” is a beloved tale that explores the depths of loving-kindness. As an online teacher and the founder of stevenseducation.com, I have used this story to discuss the potential that we all have to do good. Della and James are poor in this story, but they have a unique acumen for selflessness. Each gives all they have to the other. In short, this classic reflects what is possible in all of us, and I hope are enriched by it whether you are probing the depths of human possibility or simply looking to enjoy a love-filled classic.
One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. 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. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.
There was clearly nothing left 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.
While the mistress of the home is gradually subsiding from the first stage to the second, take a look at the home. A furnished flat at $8 per week. It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the look-out for the mendicancy squad.
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