In “The Gift of the Magi,” O. Henry tells the story of Della and Jim, a couple rich in love who can barely afford their $8 per week flat. It’s Christmas, and Della sells her long, beautiful hair to a wig maker so she can buy Jim a fob for his pocket watch. Meanwhile, Jim sells his beloved watch to buy Della combs for her silken tresses. Their selfless sacrifices become materially irrelevant as their love triumphs.
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday December 27, 2009 9:30 am|