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In O. Henry's well-known short story "The Gift of the Magi," a woman sells her hair to buy her husband a watch chain, and her husband sells his watch to buy his wife hair combs. The story was first published in 1906. More »

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"The Gift of the Magi" is a Christmas story in which a couple sells what is dearest to them so they can buy each other presents, but they then find that the value of their gifts have been negated by their mutual sacrific... More »

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The irony in "The Gift of the Magi" is that the two main characters get each other Christmas gifts they cannot use. The gifts are unusable because of sacrifices they made to buy them. More »

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In O. Henry's classic short story "The Gift of the Magi," Della buys her husband, Jim, a platinum fob chain for his pocket watch. In return, he buys her a set of tortoise shell combs. More »

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