Is Della and Jim's love believable in O. Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi"?

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Jim is only twenty-two years old, according to the story. From Della's point of view, "He looked thin and very serious." She thinks to herself:

Poor fellow, he was only twenty-two--and to be burdened with a family!

Could she mean that she is expecting a baby?

Anyway, they are still very young. It was common for girls to marry at the age of eighteen, right after graduating from high school. Della is probably several years younger than Jim, who has probably been out in the business world since he finished high school. Only a small minority of young people went on to college in those days. The percentage of high-school graduates who went on to college was about five percent, and most of these were males.

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