Compare and ContrastHow the use of irony in "Just Lather, That's All" and "The Gift of the Magi" affects the mood of each story.

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Well, in "Just Lather, That's All," the major piece of irony is that we find out at the end that Captain Torres knew all along that the barber was a rebel, and yet chose not to kill him. This effects the story greatly because we have a lot more respect for Captain Torres in terms of his bravery to allow himself to be shaved by a rebel but also in what he says about it being hard to kill a man as he leaves - perhaps we finish the story with a new-found respect for Captain Torres.

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