×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

The Gift of the Magi
     

The Gift of the Magi

3.9 61
by O. Henry
 

See All Formats & Editions

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

Overview

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 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 lookout
for the mendicancy squad.

In the vestibule below was a letter-box into which no
letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal
finger could coax a ring. Also appertaining thereunto was a
card bearing the name "Mr. James Dillingham Young."

The "Dillingham" had been flung to the breeze during a
former period of prosperity when its possessor was being
paid $30 per week. Now, when the income was shrunk to $20,
though, they were thinking seriously of contracting to a
modest and unassuming D. But whenever Mr. James Dillingham
Young came home and reached his flat above he was called
"Jim" and greatly hugged by Mrs. James Dillingham Young,
already introduced to you as Della. Which is all very good.

Della finished her cry and attended to her cheeks with
the powder rag. She stood by the window and looked out dully
at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard.
Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with
which to buy Jim a present. She had been saving every penny
she could for months, with this result. Twenty dollars a
week doesn't go far. Expenses had been greater than she had
calculated. They always are. Only $1.87 to buy a present for
Jim. Her Jim. Many a happy hour she had spent planning for
something nice for him. Something fine and rare and
sterling--something just a little bit near to being worthy
of the honor of being owned by Jim.

There was a pier-glass between the windows of the room.
Perhaps you have seen a pierglass in an $8 flat. A very thin
and very agile person may, by observing his reflection in a
rapid sequence of longitudinal strips, obtain a fairly
accurate conception of his looks. Della, being slender, had
mastered the art.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012769947
Publisher:
SAP
Publication date:
07/19/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,069,858
File size:
11 KB

Meet the Author

O. Henry was the pen name of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) was a prolific American short story writer. Initially trained as a pharmacist, Porter began his writing career as a journalist and worked on his stories on the side. After being accused of embezzling money from a bank he worked for, he fled to Honduras. He returned to the US upon the death of his wife and was sentenced to five years in prison. It was during this time that he began to have his first stories published. He later moved to New York and began writing stories in earnest. Some of his most famous stories include "Gift of the Magi" and "The Caballero's Way" which introduced the character, the Cisco Kid.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

The Gift of the Magi 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in my literature class and loved it!!!! If anyone thinks its stupid they obviously dont know good literatire!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story well written
mysterybuff47 More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed this story since I first read it in high school English class. Ms. Zwerger's rich illustrations make this a book to be cherished and passed along through the family over time.
RGJrgj More than 1 year ago
I have made it a personal tradition at Christmas time to take time out, no matter how busy I am, to read "Gift of the Magi." After giving the old book (from which I always read this beautiful O.Henry story) to my daughter, I was a bit sad and missed the familiarity and history that particular book had for me. Then I found this new edition of the book at my favorite B&N store. P.J. Lynch's illustrations are exactly how my mind's eye has pictured this story for many years. It is beautiful. The story of love & selfless giving illustrated with lush style and imagination makes this book a pleasure each time I hold it in my hands. I'm also an e-book fan, but nothing can ever replace owning and reading this very lovely book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book; what a wonderful message. The selfless acts of two people warms the heart and sends a powerful message about giving. To the reviewer of March 10, 2013, you are showing your own lack of understanding and ignorance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short story is about a couple that want to do the best to give a gift each other and they did. my favorite part of this short story is when they did everything for buy the gift. I recommend this story for all the girlfriend and boyfriend that have a true love. BY Luis Taveras
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorite Christmas reads
Businessbookjunkie More than 1 year ago
This is the most beautifully illustrated version of the Gift of the Magi I have seen. I purchased at least a dozen copies to give as small gifts during the holidays. The hardbound version is the best. The story reminds us all that Christmas is about placing others above self.
LilVin More than 1 year ago
Thanks a lot for this Masterpiece in many ways.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is such a great example of what it means to give from your whole heart and not expect to recieve anything in return. We have this book at our house and, when I was little, my mother would read it to us at christmas time, and ever since then, it has held a special place in my heart. the message of giving is one that we will never tire of learning from.
Anonymous 28 days ago
One of the 6 great Christmas stories. Original language of the period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Learn the true mesning of giving through this 11 page short story. A sweet Christmas story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They should really tell you this is only an 11 page preview.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are timless
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book. I was heavily interested in moral based stories and many stories are now laced with some form of morals but this one is still my top favorite, has been since I was in in fifth grade. Now I am 25 and have a daughter of my own and hope she comes to love this touching tales as I have. It may be an old fashioned book in some readers eyes but its always fresh in my mind with its enriching tale of thinking of loved ones. I recommend this to everyone, every single person. This isn't just something for moral teachings nor is it just for a holiday read, this is perfect for any mood. I love, love, love this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this beautifully written book. Great for young readers. Could give over 10 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago