Provide a character sketch of Della in "The Gift of the Magi."  

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Della is a loving wife. She is beautiful and her hair is a prized possession. She is frugal and saves every penny she can when buying groceries. She desires to please her husband...

She lets down her long, beautiful hair for one last look before she sells it to buy Jim a platinum chain for his valuable gold watch, the watch given to him by his father and grandfather.

Every day when Jim comes home, Della lovingly greets him with a a great big hug:

But whenever Mr. James Dillingham Young came home and reached his flat above he was called "Jim" and greatly hugged by Mrs. James Dillingham Young, already introduced to you as Della. Which is all very good.

Clearly, Della is a loving wife. She cooks delicious meals for him. She does everything she can to make him happy.

Now, it is Christmas and she has very little money to buy Jim a present. She loves him so much until she sells her long, beautiful hair for 20 dollars...and she buys him the platinum chain for his watch...

Della is ecstatic and nervous at the same time. What will Jim think of her hair being gone? She desires to please Jim, and she knows how he loves her long, beautiful hair...

Della is sitting anxiously by the door when Jim comes in. On the stove, the frying-pan is hot, ready to cook the chops. The coffee is made a 7 o'clock...Della is quite organized and efficient as a homemaker.

Truly, Della is a giving wife...she sacrifices the ultimate sacrifice to please her husband...she dotes on him and puts his happiness ahead of her own...she is an ideal wife...