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What is the difference between Waverly's and her mother's reaction to the chess set?  

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When Waverly and her brothers attend a Christmas function at the First Chinese Baptist Church at the end of their alley, they each receive a random donated gift from Santa's bag. Waverly chooses a small, compact present and unwraps it to discover a twelve pack of Life Savers while her brother Vincent receives a used chess set. When Waverly and her family return home, Waverly's mother tells Vincent to throw the used chess set away. She feels insulted to receive a used item as a gift and does not want something that someone else chose to get rid of by donating it to the church. Despite her mother's negative reaction, Waverly is...

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