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The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi

by O. Henry

Love Quotes

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Quote #10

But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi. (45)

The narrator seems to indicate that Della and Jim are "the wisest" because their gifts to each other are selfless – they give out of pure love. But you might wonder, what is the real significance of those gifts for their love? Do they prove that they love each other – was it in need of proof before?

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