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The story primarily takes place in the couple's apartment. It is described as being a meager place that they live, but clean and well-kept. Della works hard to make sure that what they do have is nice. There is a small mirror between two window in which Della can look to make sure she looks nice for Jim. It is upstairs and their mailbox, which is small for even the smallest amount of mail is downstairs.
The story takes place in New York. O'Henry describes the apartment where Jim and Delia live in great detail in order for the reader to understand the great sacrifices Delia and Jim are making when they sell their most prized possessions. The details of their apartment also give the setting a more realistic feeling, so that we can identify with the characters.
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