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"Of all who give and recieve gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are...

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adarshanurag | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 21, 2013 at 7:32 AM via web

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"Of all who give and recieve gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the wisest. They are the magi."- Discuss with close reference to the story "The Gift of Magi" by O. Henry.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM (Answer #1)

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The point of the quote is that it is more blessed to give than to receive.  

On the surface of the story, Jim and Della seem very unwise by selling what was most precious to them to give it away to another person who could not use it. From an economical point of view it is foolish. From a social point of view it is foolish as well. However, from a loving and spiritual perspective it is wise. 

In the end of the story,  Jim and Della are so happy. They are filled with joy, because their love showed in what they gave. Moreover, giving they were able to see the expression on each other faces. This was priceless for them. 

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