Grade 9 Unit 6 Topic 2 Section D

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Gift of the Magi
(N= Narrator D= Della J=Jim)
N: Tomorrow will be Christmas. But Della feels very sad because she has no money to buy a present for her husband, Jim. In fact, Della and Jim have two precious possessions. They are Jim’s gold watch and Della’s long beautiful hair, which are the only wealth for them. Della had her hair cut, sold it and bought a gold watch chain for Jim. Now, Della is at home.
(All of a sudden, the door opens and Jim comes in)
J: You—?
D: Jim. Don’t look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold it because I couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. Jim, it will grow quickly. Say “Merry Christmas!” Jim, and let’s be happy.
J: You’ve cut off your hair?
D: I’ve cut it off and sold it. It’s sold. I tell you, sold and gone, too. It’s Christmas Eve, Jim. Please understand. I sold my hair so that I could give you something for Christmas.
J: Well, Della, I do understand. Don’t worry. The fact that you have a different hair cut could not possibly make me love you less. I know you sold your hair for me. Now look at this present I got for you.
D: Ah! The combs. They were in the shop windows for many months!
J: Yes, the beautiful combs, with jeweled rims —just the color to wear in your beautiful hair.
D: But, Jim. They are expensive combs. I know, my heart had longed for them without the least hope of owning them. Now they are mine. Thank you, Jim.
J: Now, you will see why I was upset at first.
D: Jim, you don’t know what a nice – what a beautiful gift, nice gift I’ve got for you. Can you guess?
J: I’m sorry. I have no idea what it could be.
D: Look! A gold watch chain! Isn’t it lovely, Jim? I hunted all over the town to find it. You’ll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it.
J: Della, let’s put our Christmas gifts away and keep them for a while. They’re too nice to use just at present, I sold the watch to get the money to buy the combs. Now, let’s have our supper.

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