The Gift of the Magi [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Gift of the Magi

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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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012769947
  • Publisher: SAP
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 906,519
  • File size: 12 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Amazing!

    I read this book in my literature class and loved it!!!! If anyone thinks its stupid they obviously dont know good literatire!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2010

    A wonderful story

    A wonderful story well written

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Beautiful story, beautiful book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    F that shiz z

    That was th most ignorant stupid retarded read ever.why is magi sooooo stupid?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Beautiful Story for Christmas

    One of my all time favorite Christmas reads

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Should read it!!

    i Love this story. it teaches your kids what people do for who they love. its a good story to just sit down and read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2005

    The Gift Of The Magi

    The Gift Of The Magi was one of the greatest book I ever read. It touched me to see a couple give up their most valuable objects that they owned for love.

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