O.Henry

The Gift of the Magi

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went to work repairing the ravages made by generosity added to love.
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prudence and reason.
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simple and chaste i
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simple and chaste
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Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
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modest and unassuming
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Had the queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty's jewels and gifts. Had King Solomon been the janitor, with all his treasures piled up in the basement, Jim would have pulled out his watch every time he passed, just to see him pluck at his beard from envy.
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rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters.
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one's cheeks burned
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of all who give gifts these two were the wisest.
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Babe in the manger.
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wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.
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Isn't it a dandy, Jim
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craved and yearned
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It was a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation--as all good things should do.
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White fingers and nimble tore at the string and paper.
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the tresses that should have adorned the coveted adornments were gone.
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Out of his trance Jim seemed quickly to wake
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had me going a while at first.
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hair grows awfully fast.
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