The Gift of the Magi
The Gift of the Magi
by O. Henry
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The Gift of the Magi Sacrifice Quotes Page 4

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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. (45)

Now the narrator seemingly contradicts himself and calls their act "wise." Why does he say this? To give "wisely" could mean that you get the point of giving. This raises the question: what's the purpose of giving? Is it to please the other person? To show love? Or is the meaning of giving determined by how much of a sacrifice it is?

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