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AMERICAN STORIES - The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

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The Gift of the Magi
The Gift of the Magi

Editor's Note: We are pleased to share a traditional holiday story with you, The Gift of the Magi. You can read along and listen or watch the video.

Della counting her pennies
Della counting her pennies

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it in the smallest pieces of money - pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by negotiating with the men at the market who sold vegetables and meat. Negotiating until one's face burned with the silent knowledge of being poor. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.

There was clearly nothing to do but sit down and cry. So Della cried. Which led to the thought that life is made up of little cries and smiles, with more little cries than smiles.

Della finished her crying and dried her face. She stood by the window and looked out unhappily at a gray cat walking along a gray fence in a gray back yard. Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only one dollar and eighty-seven cents to buy her husband Jim a gift. She had been saving every penny she could for months, with this result.

Jim earned twenty dollars a week, which does not go far. Expenses had been greater than she had expected. They always are. Many a happy hour she had spent planning to buy something nice for him. Something fine and rare -- something close to being worthy of the honor of belonging to Jim.

There was a tall glass mirror between the windows of the room. Suddenly Della turned from the window and stood before the glass mirror and looked at herself. Her eyes were shining, but her face had lost its color within twenty seconds. Quickly she pulled down her hair and let it fall to its full length.

Their two most valuable possessions
Their two most valuable possessions

Now, Mr. and Mrs. James Dillingham Young had two possessions which they valued. One was Jim's gold time piece, the watch that had been his father's and his grandfather's. The other was Della's hair.

Had the Queen of Sheba lived in their building, Della would have let her hair hang out the window to dry just to reduce the value of the queen's jewels.

So now Della's beautiful hair fell about her, shining like a brown waterfall. It reached below her knees and made itself almost like a covering for her. And then quickly she put it up again. She stood still while a few tears fell on the floor.

She put on her coat and her old brown hat. With a quick motion and brightness still in her eyes, she danced out the door and down the street.

Della at Madame Sofronie's Shop
Della at Madame Sofronie's Shop

Where she stopped the sign read: 'Madame Sofronie. Hair Goods of All Kinds.' Della ran up the steps to the shop, out of breath.

'Will you buy my hair?' asked Della.

'I buy hair,' said Madame. 'Take your hat off and let us have a look at it.'

Down came the beautiful brown waterfall of hair.

'Twenty dollars,' said Madame, lifting the hair with an experienced hand.

'Give it to me quick,' said Della.

The next two hours went by as if they had wings. Della looked in all the stores to choose a gift for Jim.

She found it at last. It surely had been made for Jim and no one else. It was a chain -- simple round rings of silver. It was perfect for Jim's gold watch. As soon as she saw it she knew that it must be for him. It was like him. Quiet and with great value. She gave the shopkeeper twenty-one dollars and she hurried home with the eighty-seven cents that was left.

When Della arrived home she began to repair what was left of her hair. The hair had been ruined by her love and her desire to give a special gift. Repairing the damage was a very big job.

Within forty minutes her head was covered with tiny round curls of hair that made her look wonderfully like a schoolboy. She looked at herself in the glass mirror long and carefully.

Della looking at her short hair
Della looking at her short hair

'If Jim does not kill me before he takes a second look at me,' she said to herself, 'he'll say I look like a song girl. But what could I do--oh! what could I do with a dollar and eighty-seven cents?'

At seven o'clock that night the coffee was made and the pan on the back of the stove was hot and ready to cook the meat.

Jim was never late coming home from work. Della held the silver chain in her hand and sat near the door. Then she heard his step and she turned white for just a minute. She had a way of saying a little silent prayer about the simplest everyday things, and now she whispered: 'Please God, make him think I am still pretty.'

The door opened and Jim stepped in. He looked thin and very serious. Poor man, he was only twenty-two and he had to care for a wife. He needed a new coat and gloves to keep his hands warm.

Jim stopped inside the door, as immovable as a dog smelling a bird. His eyes were fixed upon Della. There was an expression in them that she could not read, and it frightened her. It was not anger, nor surprise, nor fear, nor any of the feelings that she had been prepared for. He simply looked at her with a strange expression on his face. Della went to him.

'Jim, my love,' she cried, 'do not look at me that way. I had my hair cut and sold because I could not have lived through Christmas without giving you a gift. My hair will grow out again. I just had to do it. My hair grows very fast. Say 'Merry Christmas!' Jim, and let us be happy. You do not know what a nice-- what a beautiful, nice gift I have for you.'

'You have cut off your hair?' asked Jim, slowly, as if he had not accepted the information even after his mind worked very hard.

'Cut it off and sold it,' said Della. 'Do you not like me just as well? I am the same person without my hair, right?

Jim looked about the room as if he were looking for something.

'You say your hair is gone?' he asked.

'You need not look for it,' said Della. 'It is sold, I tell you--sold and gone, too. It is Christmas Eve, boy. Be good to me, for it was cut for you. Maybe the hairs of my head were numbered,' she went on with sudden serious sweetness, 'but nobody could ever count my love for you. Shall I put the meat on, Jim?'

Jim seemed to awaken quickly and put his arms around Della. Then he took a package from his coat and threw it on the table.

'Do not make any mistake about me, Dell,' he said. 'I do not think there is any haircut that could make me like my girl any less. But if you will open that package you may see why you had me frightened at first.'

Jim looking at the chain Della gave him
Jim looking at the chain Della gave him

White fingers quickly tore at the string and paper. There was a scream of joy; and then, alas! a change to tears and cries, requiring the man of the house to use all his skill to calm his wife.

For there were the combs -- the special set of objects to hold her hair that Della had wanted ever since she saw them in a shop window. Beautiful combs, made of shells, with jewels at the edge --just the color to wear in the beautiful hair that was no longer hers. They cost a lot of money, she knew, and her heart had wanted them without ever hoping to have them. And now, the beautiful combs were hers, but the hair that should have touched them was gone.

But she held the combs to herself, and soon she was able to look up with a smile and say, 'My hair grows so fast, Jim!'

Then Della jumped up like a little burned cat and cried, 'Oh, oh!'

Jim had not yet seen his beautiful gift. She happily held it out to him in her open hands. The silver chain seemed so bright.

'Isn't it wonderful, Jim? I looked all over town to find it. You will have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it.'

Instead of obeying, Jim fell on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.

'Dell,' said he, 'let us put our Christmas gifts away and keep them a while. They are too nice to use just right now. I sold my gold watch to get the money to buy the set of combs for your hair. And now, why not put the meat on.'

The magi were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Baby Jesus. They invented the art of giving Christmas gifts. Being wise, their gifts were wise ones. And here I have told you the story of two young people who most unwisely gave for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days, let it be said that of all who give gifts, these two were the wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.

Karen Leggett wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Your storyteller was Shep O'Neal. The producer was Lawan Davis.

Words in This Story

negotiate - v. to discuss something formally in order to make an agreement

immovable - adj. not able to be moved : firmly fixed in place

expression - n. the way someone's face looks that shows emotions and feelings

magi - n. the wise men, generally assumed to be three in number, who paid homage to the infant Jesus. Matt. 2:1-12.

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网友的学习评论(85条):
作者:xiaofenfen
This story tells that in the day before Christmas, for buying a platinum bracelet as her husband's gift,Della sold her beautiful hair.In the meantime,the husband Jim sold his gold watch to buy combs for his wife.Although eath other's gifts had lost their value,they got something more important than gifts——priceless love.As the article says, everywhere they are wisest.
作者:xiaofenfen
160300608After reading this story,I learned that love has nothing to do with money,possession or status. It's consideration,tolerance and respect.It's giving one's best to the other even it means sacrifice.It's affection which connects two persons' hearts.All in all, from this article,I have learned a lot about love,life and hope.
作者:xiaofenfen
老师,上面两条评论都是学号为160300608的学生所发
作者:xiaofenfen
The main idea of this story is that a couple both sold their most precious thing in order to buy a great present for each other. this shory express a kind of wise and love. the couple love each other deeply so that they were willing to try their best to make their husband/wife. this story is very worm that two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house.Seems clumsy but wise in fact.from 160700309
作者:xiaofenfen
"The Gift of the Magi"is a short novel wrote by O.Henry.I have already read this novel many times but it can still impress me a lot.This story is mainly about a poor couple who want to give the other a nice gift.Because of lack of money,both of them sell their most treasured things.The wife sells her beautiful hair to buy a silver chain for her husband. 160300513
作者:xiaofenfen
Meanwhile,the husband sells his precious gold watch to buy a exquisite comb.You maybe say"What a pity!".But this seemingly unlucky thing shows the pure love.With the development of our society,people's economic conditions have been largely improved and millions were pulled up out of poverty to earn a decent living wage.People get richer and often buy expensive presents to their friends but they don't seem to get happier. 160300513
作者:xiaofenfen
Though the gifts are absolutely resplendent,in fact,most of them are less meaningful.On the contrary,a small birthday cards seem simple,but because of our sincere emotions, parents feel very happy. All in all,the best gift is always from our hearts. 160300513(老师您好,以上三条都是160300513学生发的)
作者:xiaofenfen
The story is about a pure love story between a couple who love each other deeply. The couple both want to give the best Christmas gift to their sweetheart,so they both sold what they love. Della sold her hair while Jim sold his watch so that when Christmas Day came the gift they bought can't play the function they really want. But I don't think their gifts failed,they are more valuable than any gift because they contain their love.
作者:xiaofenfen
From this stoey I learn a principle that if you want someone to know you love them,the only thing you need to do is to treat them heart and soul no matter what dilemma you are facing.(160120406)
作者:xiaofenfen
In this story ,the couple think about each other and their love is so deep that they were willing to sell their own most valuable thing to buy Christmas gift for the other . From the end of the novel,I learned that Magi is a wise man .The author thought the couple both were wise for the symbol of Magi. Besides ,the article also tell us that the price of the gifts can be measured.But their pure,touching love can't be measured.160200523张菲菲
作者:xiaofenfen
After reading this story,I do learn a lot.As the saying goes ,ceremony light affective weight,here it is love.Love has nothing to do with how much money do you have,its ture nature is giving even if giving up the most important things for us,like the watch for the husband and or the hair for the wife.It has to be said that love that should be valued can wins everything,because what can really make you happier is the deep love rather than the other realistic substance ,isn't it?(160120416)
作者:xiaofenfen
Some people think that money is everything, but I have always believed that the feelings of love is priceless. Even if you have millions of dollars, it can not change the true feelings. Maybe money makes you feel satisfied, but it's all false. When you no longer have a large number of money, bad feelings will eventually burst, left for you is extremely painful.(160300631)
作者:xiaofenfen
The article called "gift of the Magi" left me a deep impression, it makes me really appreciate the charm of human nature.(160300631)
作者:xiaofenfen
It is a pity that each of them has lost the value of their use, but they all have the most precious gift in the world. I think they are happy, although they are poor. Living in poverty, but in their hearts, the money is not important, important is their true love to each other. (160300631)
作者:xiaofenfen
Another point of view, if the hostess in the novels is a millionaire, even if she bought expensive gifts can not see the truth, Jim wouldn't feel so happy. They had wanted to make each other more beautiful, but they lost their use value, but they are happy. As the author puts it, "among all the presents, the two of them are the cleverest. "Let it be said that of all who give gifts, these two were the wisest. Many people will envy the couple.(160300631)
作者:xiaofenfen
Perhaps, some people will be dismissive, can not understand their practice. If the vast wealth and a sincere love at the same time put in front of you, you will choose which one? I will not hesitate to choose the love, because the sincere love is priceless! I believe that the sincere pay will eventually have a sincere return, with the true love in order to have happiness.(160300631)
作者:xiaofenfen
It's so tough for the two guys to keep the pot boiling. Even they were too needy to enjoy Christmas like others, whereas there was love in their hearts. They both exchanged a fantastic and suitable gift to lovers. Even they lost his/her the most important possession, but he/she felt happy. Nevertheless, the gift became useless accidentally. Perhaps it looked ridiculous, but what impressed on me is their true love to each other, the seraphic spirit to the world as well. 学号:160120529
作者:xiaofenfen
The consequence seems stupid, but there is no doubt that they were truly wise person, they knew what is the most valuable stuff to his/her lover clearly, and they knew that to themselves, too. Though life is exceedingly hard sometimes, we ought to keep love in our hearts. There are always nice things in our life. 学号:160120529
作者:songlingli
What’s love? It’s thinking of others instead of just ourselves. Just like the heros of the story, although they are not rich in money, they are rich in feeling. Their willing to give their best thing in return for the lover’s happiness is true love. And this is the reason why this story can move us,especially in the era with flashy and material desires. Now we always think that money is the ultimate measure, and ignore the importance of true love,which make the society ruthless. 学号:160300512
作者:songlingli
Therefore doing something without a strong purpose ,then many seemingly meaningless affairs have become meaningful. Doing something from the bottom of our heart is the most beautiful and meaningful thing in the world.学号:160300512(老师,这个是接上面的)
作者:xiaofenfen
In my opinion,this story is about ture love.Although they are poor,they are beavering away to make those happy who care about themselves.Some people may think it pity for the husband to sell his precious gold watch to buy a exquisite comb and the wife sell her hear to buy a platinum bracelet.Not only they lose their favorite things ,but also the gifts become useless.However it is a reflection of their deep love.学号160300506
作者:xiaofenfen
They are not stupid on the contrary they are the wisest people I have ever heard.Find the true love in one’s life is the luckiest thing and its wise to go though difficulties with love.In life we might encounter hardships,we should see the good side of things.If we have love in our hearts,everyday is colorful.学号160300506
作者:xiaofenfen
This is such a beautiful story that I was moved. The women love her husband and the man love his wife. They are willing to give their most precious things to each other. Although they are pool now,I believe they are the happiness people in the world. If all the couples love each other like them,the worid will be fixed with love. 学号:160700220
作者:xiaofenfen
It's a story of“missed”, their ideas are “missed”but their minds are not.It seems so clumsy and they are just so clumsy.But It's this clumsy love that reflect the purest emotion and touch me most. (160300626-1)
作者:xiaofenfen
To a rational angel,their methods to surprising each other are unbelieveable(and I also think so).However things related even a little to love can become the most unpredictable condition.No matter how clumsy the love is, it's still the most romantic and any ration could be regard as dust.I think the charm of love is no more than it. (160300626-2)
作者:xiaofenfen
After hearing this story,I feel the true love of the couple.Jim sold the watch that hand down from one generation to another for a comb ,Della sold her beautiful hair for a chain,but it turned out to be self-defeating.Through this matter,I think the couple would love each other depper because they saw each other sincerely on Chirstmas Eve.学号:160300508
作者:xiaofenfen
Although poverty made life was not easy to them,they tried to give each other the best.I have thought that why not Della buy a pair of gloves for Jim? Then I thought the answer was that they love each other so much that they were willing to give up what they cherich.they are wisest,everywhere they are wisest,At the same time,I relize we should be kind ,to treat others by heart.学号:160300508
作者:xiaofenfen
This article tells us a story about love.It doesn’t depend on wealth ,fame or gain.It depends on the feelings between two persons and dedication.Though the couple in this story didn’t have enough property, they dedicated what they have to the person he/she loves even if the cost is their whole save.Between them the love is pure that would never go bad.Imagining their faces full of sweet happiness.I feel that maybe this is the true love.学号:160200426
作者:xiaofenfen
I think that among those who accept the gift, they are the happiest. Many people will envy the couple.Some people think that money is omnipotent, or money is everything.But I have always believed that love is priceless. Even if you have millions of dollars, you can not change the real feelings.学号:160700211
作者:xiaofenfen
What’s love? It’s thinking of others instead of just ourselves. Just like the heros of the story, although they are not rich in money, they are rich in feeling. Their willing to give their best thing in return for the lover’s happiness is true love. And this is the reason why this story can move us,especially in the era with flashy and material desires. Now we always think that money is the ultimate measure, and ignore the importance of true love,which make the society ruthless. 学号:160300512
作者:xiaofenfen
Therefore doing something without a strong purpose ,then many seemingly meaningless affairs have become meaningful. Doing something from the bottom of our heart is the most beautiful and meaningful thing in the world.学号:160300512(老师,这个是接上面的)
作者:xiaofenfen
This "gift of the Magi" tells us a love story about a couple of husband and wife, the husband had a gold watch which is not with a commensurate chain; the wife has beautiful long hair, but does not have a comb. On the charismas day the wife sold her long hair for her husband to buy a golden watch chain, however, the husband sold his golden watch to buy a nice comb. 160300624(followed by another comment)
作者:xiaofenfen
(follow)The Two people at the same time considered each other and tried their best to get a gift for each other, so, both of their expectances come to nothing. The ending is beyond our expectance, however, the ending gives us the happiest scene. we can feel the love of them, and the romance of love.160300624
作者:xiaofenfen
(follow)The Two people at the same time considered each other and tried their best to get a gift for each other, so, both of their expectances come to nothing. The ending is beyond our expectance, however, the ending gives us the happiest scene. we can feel the love of them, and the romance of love.160300624
作者:xiaofenfen
Henry Saer Dan said:"What is love? Love is tolerance, somethings can bring joy.""The Gift of the Magi" tell the true meaning of love. Christmas is coming, the poor wife and her husband try their best to send gifts to each other. They both sell each unique valued possession to buy the gifts. However, the gifts are worthless for them. Some people may say:"What a pity!"学号:160120510
作者:xiaofenfen
接着 From my perspective, though the end is not so well, it is true love. They show their concern fully and must feel the heart of each other. I believe they are moved by each other at that time. Poor is not a fear, love is most important.学号:160120510
作者:xiaofenfen
I think it is important to respect the love of others and learn to love others. It's like the couple who sell their most precious things because they love each other very much. This is a sad story of warmth, attractive, enduring. When I read Ohenry's novels, I was deeply impressed by the plot, because his novels have a unique personality, especially the end of the story, it is more difficult to forget. 学号: 160200509
作者:xiaofenfen
We always say the end of O.Henry's novel makes us smile with tears.As far as this end,we can laugh ,we can laugh that each of this couple want a gift for the other and to make the thing perfect but both of them lose the precious things.Maybe,this is a little ironic.Meanwhile,we can smile ,we can smile that the couple have the same emotion which drives them give up precious possession.Nevertheless,we finish this read with our wet eyes. 学号160120527
作者:xiaofenfen
FollowingAnd the reason why we are like that is that though the couple are needy--the husband just has a shabby coat and the house even hasn't any approprite furniture,they try their best to express their love and care to each other.Maybe,they are a little silly in someone's eyes,however,in my view,they are the angel to the other.学号160120527
作者:xiaofenfen
What a moved story!On Christmas Eve,in order to buy Christmas gifts for his husband,Jim,Della cut her long hair and sold it.Then she bought a chain.Because she thought it was perfect for Jim's gold watch.Coincidentally,Jim sold his gold watch to buy combs for Della's hair.
作者:xiaofenfen
(follow)Although they lost their most valued possessions and got the things that were seemly useless for them,but they actually gained more valuable thing--the true love.I'm benefit a lot from this story.That is purpose is more important than gifts. 学号:160120417
作者:xiaofenfen
This article tells a passionate love story. This couple both love each other so that they are willing to do anything to help each other reach their dreams. Because of their pure love, Della sold her beautiful hair to choose a gift for her husband. However, her husband, Jim, sold his gold watch to get the money buy the set of combs for Della’s hair. 学号160300530
作者:xiaofenfen
They all gave up what they valued and only wanted to let each other happier. Mabey the gift can’t be suitable for them now. But it’s really a meaningful gift which represents their pure love. It’s not about how much they have paid, only because they both value each other.学号160300530
作者:xiaofenfen
O.Henry was the author of critical realism. Although from this story,we can still learn something which touch our hearts. Whether you are a prince or beggar, the warmth always exist. Just as Jim and Della sold their most valuable possession for each other. This is the moment which moves my hearts. The ending of this story was also the style of O.Henry, unexpected and reasonable. Now, many stories use this way to attract readers.160700218
作者:xiaofenfen
What's more? This story still show the bottom capitalist society life, and implicitly condemned the capitalist society. These are the magnetism of O.Henry's stories.160700218
作者:xiaofenfen
(160120420) Now, more and more people are concerned about the social resource they have had or they must have rather how well their mental health is. In that case, it is very necessary for us to review the moving story that shows the uneventful but true love to people to have our brain trimmed so that we won’t be beguiled by the material world but shining our eyes to find the connotation of love, of happiness.
作者:xiaofenfen
(160120420)Maybe, I hope, one day, we human-beings won’t let what we possess to determine the degrees of how happy we will be, instead no matter what class you are in or what kind of job you are doing, we can put such a tearful but beatific play on our life stage.
作者:xiaofenfen
What's the taste of love? It must be combined with bitter and sweet. This O'Henry's novel which is a typical twist ending telling a different story about love. Chistmas is coming both the poor wife and the poor husband expect to prepare their best gifts to each other. They both sell their greatest treasure to buy the most suitable gifts for each other. Then there is a phenomenon, when got the gift, they became useless.(160300529)
作者:xiaofenfen
It seems stupid to sell one's best for useless things.But the true love which showed from this story, many couples will be jealous of them. The true love will never be like a fairy tale, on the contrary, only from the real life can you feel the true love tasted both sweet and bitter.(160300529)
作者:xiaofenfen
The story is mainly concerned about the young couple who presented each other with gifts. They lived a hard life, but they loved each other very much. They are willing to sacrifice the greatest treasures of their own for each other. Della sold her beautiful hair for a chain while Della sold her beautiful hair for a chain so that when Christmas Day came the gift they bought can't play the role they really want. 160300625
作者:xiaofenfen
I don’t think it is a pity for them. However, their actions exactly reflect the pure, moved and selfless love. Especially to deserve to be mentioned, the ending of this story is still unexpected but logical, which is the typical style of O.Henry 160300625
作者:xiaofenfen
In my opinion ,the short story was about love in poverty .The couple were steeped in the needy condition. Neverthless, they both made it a pleasure to purchase each other's Christmas gifts with their most valuable things. What a warm and happy atmosphere even though they made mistakes. Misfortunes tell us what fortunes are. The hardship could express firmly their affection to each other. Everyone has no license to insult other's conditions and sincere feelings.160300510
作者:xiaofenfen
160200520 杨睿:(Part 1)This novel is absolutely masterpiece with a very clever title, The Magi were wise men who brought gifts to Jesus , their gifts represents noble and holy. But the word ‘magic’ crossed my mind when I saw ‘Magi’.Yes, love is magical, it makes people feel warm in their frustrating, humdrum life.
作者:xiaofenfen
160200520 杨睿 (Part 2):The language description for Della is pretty impressive. O Henry showed us Della’s blandness and consideration with a few lines. After listening this novel I want to seek a girlfriend like Della ! :) The narrative of this novel is ingenious, we could only know how Della prepare gift for Jim, It didn’t told us Jim’s action until the end. This way was called’’henrypswriting style’’, and I love it very much.
作者:xiaofenfen
The story has two purports.On the one hand,it's aheart-warming story.What impressed me deeply is the love and consideration between the couple.As the old saying goes,love is to each other'happiness as hisown happiness.Della and Jim abandoned their pricious thingsto afford a Christmas gift for each other.160200524
作者:xiaofenfen
Though their gifts became useless because of their irrational behaviour,the article explain the highest state of love.On the otherhand,this phenomenon reflects the social inequality andthe average persons'hard life at that time.What led tothe disappointing final reault and what made the heroineonly had one dollar and eight-seven cents to buy a Christmasgift are the questions worth thinking about.160200524
作者:xiaofenfen
160200510"The gift of the Magi" is O Henry wrote an interesting article. It is mainly about the day before Christmas, live in the apartment of poor Della want to give her husband a surprise to Jim, but she has only one dollar and eighty - seven, she knew it was not enough money to buy what is a good gift, so she cut down the proud brown waterfall hair sold, for $20. Searched from shop to shop, Della spent 21 dollars, and finally bought a simple gold watch chain, it can match Jim's gold watch.
作者:xiaofenfen
160200510 And Jim also wanted to give his wife a surprise, he also sold lead proud gold watch to buy a la the envy of the long-awaited full set of beautiful combs as a Christmas gift.From this article, although on the surface they are very unwisely sacrificed for each other to their respective homes the most valuable thing, but I deeply feel that they loved each other. They can sacrifice their most valuable items, in order to give each other to buy the best gift.
作者:xiaofenfen
160200510 But the two sides to sell their valuable items, so the gift is not suitable for yourself, while they do these things, all is for the sake of each other, do not consider yourself. It is because they love each other, but is deeply in love with each other, there will be such an interesting conclusion.
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As far as I am concerned,It was undoubtedly a happy Christmas.Maybe Della won't have a chance to use the comb.And Jim might never see his watch with the chain.However,they kewn it since the Christmas that they love each other always and forever.They were a happy couple,although they were still very pool.What a beautiful Christmas,wasn't it? --160700327
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"The gift of the Magi" is O Henry wrote an interesting article.In this article we see the love between a couple.Jim love his wife so he sell his gold watch to give her a surprise.And Della love Jim so she sold her hair to buy a gift for he.Although they lose their precious things but they gain the more precious thing--love.We should learn from them for this selfless love.And give the love to the people we love.So that we can live a happy life.(160700228)
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160200512 逯承坤(part1)Ohenry has been in surprise at the end of Kyo. This article writing is a pair of poor couples, the husband has a gold watch is not commensurate with the chain; wife has a beautiful long hair, but no match. However, his wife sold comb long hair to her husband the husband bought a gold watch chain, sold in the three generation of the gold watch to buy combs to his wife. Two people at the same time for each other to consider their stem from his power "feat",
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160200512逯承坤(part2)making the aspirations of both sides have fallen.Love is the most beautiful, the world's greatest and most precious. Women although not her beautiful hair, although men lost his expensive watches, they each bought a Christmas gift is useless, but they have been the best Christmas gift of love. They believe that a life full of love will be more happy.
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(follow 2017/3/16 -160700211)What's more,I have learned this story in Junior high school.When I first read it I was moved so much.In this short story, with his humorous, ironical and comedic writing style, O.Henry reveals the tragic theme that people can get happiness from a lot of things ,not only money.
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I have read the article when I'm a young boy. However, I finally understand the ture meaning of the title The Gift of the Magi up to now. The young couple sacrificed their, or as O.Henry wrote, even their family's most precious thing to buy their Chrimas gift for their lover. ——160120413
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It seems that they have nothing but something useless because the gifts were bought to polish their lover's treasure, which were unfortunately sold to do this, but actully it was their deep love that was the most meaningful gift fot each other. ——160120413
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Like the three wise men, or Magi, who gave precious gifts to baby Jesus, the couple were also two Magi for they sacrificed their most important thing in their life to exchange a lovely gift for each other.That is the ture meaning of a Chrimas gift.And who gives the gift can be called Magi.——160120413
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The story happened before Christmas. A coupel sold the thing which is most precious to himself to buy other presents for the other.Althought,instead of their behaviours,the presents became useless.I think,they show us the true love.As faar as I am concerned, the true love is not getting but giving. Althought they were seem to be unwise. I truly feel that they love each other. The presents seem to be useless,but they truly do a lot.
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In a word, the story show us the true love by saying a couple who try their best to give.160120531
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From this story,I undersatand that true love can let people use the thing which is the most important to exchange what their couple need. Although it for them may not as neccesery as it for theirselves. What's more,I realise that life isn't a easy thing. Many people take a not happy life and are concerned about what to eat. As a result,it is so lucky that we don't have to take care about this. And we should be thankful to our parents. It is our parents that give us such a happy life.160300505
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The gift of the Magi,after read it,i really think it a tragedy.The plot of a coincidence build up the precious love of a couple.Such a coincidence, it is almost impossible, but it's in the writer O. Henry's looms large. Its present, tell me, it is entirely possible, even exist originally, yes, there must be.Almost suffering in life, they are going to hardworking.But unexpectedly cannot receive basic food and clothing.That whether the tragedy of the society?160700216
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Hardworking couples express their love had to hand over the most valuable property, the watch, the shoulder hair,is their only beauty and wealth of sustenance and comfort can be seen.But they had to surrender. This is a painful decision, decided to open laugh for themself. This is cruel.Gift became the beauty of the dislocation, dislocation of bear witness to the love between husband and wife became more beautiful, if not husband and wife?160700216
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I'm thinking,there is really too much stories about to win the love but loss the right to love in our life160700216
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160700219 "The gift of the Magi" is an interesting article wrote by O Henry.It mainly talks about a story happened on the day before Christmas.There's a girl named Della who live in an apartment want to give her husband,who named Jim,a big surprise.While she knew the money wasn't enough to buy a good gift, so she cut down her brown waterfall hair for sold.Searched from shop to shop, Della finally bought a simple gold watch chain that can match Jim's gold watch.
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In the day before the Christmas,della was depressed because she was too poor to buy a gift for her husband.In order to buy a sliver chain,she decided to sold her beautiful hair.In the same time,Jim also sold his precious watch to buy the beautiful combs for his wife.They finally found the most important thing is not valued gift but the love of them.(160200420)
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It seems stupid that they sold their own important things to buy the gifts but made the gifts be practical.But in the fact ,they are the wisest.They use their action to prove their love from the last words.Last I think the really power of making couples walk on is the love.(160200420)
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from this story,I learned that love isn't means give other something physical but something mental.That is the point of love(160200531)
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(1) I think it is a shame but beautiful sweet love story.Magi and Jim were poor but deeply loved each other.When Christmas was coming, Magi sold her proud hair to buy a hand chain for Jim.At the same time,Jim sold his own ancestral most valuable watch to bought his wife a beautiful expensive comb.Comb came with no matching hair and silver bracelet did not have the gold watch.(160200530,to be continued )
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(2) Although the received gifts didn't have the practical use any more, but the couple were very happy and touched - both of them felt the deep love from each other.This reminds me of a Chinese old saying: "where there is love, drinking water even can fill the stomach."(160200530, read after "(1)" please.)
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"The Gift of the Magi "Told the true meaning of love.A poor husband and wife to each other in time to send holiday gifts and gone to great pains to present the final show no use: to sell a gold watch for his wife bought a comb, a hair cut for her husband bought a watch chain root. They have been more than a comb and watch chain precious gift - Love.学号:160120418
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"The Gift of the Magi" is one of the most famous story written by O.Henry.It's known to us that one of the features of O.Henry's piece is,which named,surprise,but reasonable.For Jim and his wife,they are so poor that even have little money to buy gift.Jim sold his watch so as to buy his wife a comb.学号:160700311 冯旭阳
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Della,as well,sold out her hair in order to buy Jim a chain.Finally,they both found their gifts were useless.It's a heartwarming tragedy,which revealed the darkness of the life in poors,but also showed the real love,which can get rid of all the darkness in our life,as well heart.学号:160700311 冯旭阳
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The main idea of the passage is to convey the true meaning of the love to the reader,not the value of the gift but the thought for each other.Though the combs and the platinum bracelet lost their value,the emotion will move each other.So i realize the most valueable things of the love are respect and consideration.When you love someone diligently,you don't have to pay too much but your heart and mind.160700306
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When I have read the story “the gift of the magi”, something toughed my heart.Both Della and Jim are ordinary persons. They were so poor that they had to live in the home which was only $8 per week.All of the income they would get were $20, which could only support their fundamental life. However, Jim and Della had made the same decision to sell their most valuable thing for getting money to select gifts for each other.(160120524)下接
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The unexpected ending moved my heart. Meanwhile, it also gave a warm result to the characters.In my opinion, although we might have little money and have to earn our life busily, there are also lots of warmth and sunshine in our life. Making our hearts be filled with love, we will be optimistic towards life.(160120524)
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