Thursday, December 25, 2008

Module 2.1: O. Henry's Story

This story, "The Gift of The Magi," is about a couple, Jim and Della. They are quite poor and don't have enough money to buy Christmas gifts for each other. They love each other a lot and would love to gift the other a memorable present. Della only has one dollar and eighty seven cents, which she had saved after saving every pie. She is proud of her luxuriant hair. She sells them off and buys a platinum fob chain for Jim. On the other hand, Jim is proud of a watch that he had got as an heirloom but the leather strap is damaged and he feels ashamed looking at the time in public. However, Della had seen a pair of combs at a very expensive shop and she desires them. Jim sells his watch to buy her the combs. When Jim comes home, he sees that Della has cut her hair. Finally, both of them discover that they had bought each other very precious gifts but that those gifts were of no use as both of them had sold their prized possessions.

[In my next post, I'm going to discuss the story further. I'll focus on the vocabulary and some other elements. I hope you liked reading this wonderful story on the occasion of Christmas.]