How does the author of "The Gift of the Magi" unfold the irony of Jim having bought the combs for Della's hair, which is no more now?

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This effect is achieved through the use of the narrator, who lets the reader in on what Della and Jim want to do for each other (get each other a wonderful gift, which they really cannot afford). The characters do not know about this, but the narrator does. The irony is also achieved because of the author's depiction of the characters' love for one another and their deep devotion to each other.

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