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What quote gives the best example of the characterization of Jim's feelings for Della in "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry?

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Jim's love for Della is evidenced by his decision to sell his most prized possession, his watch, to buy her a hair set. Jim loves Della's hair, and he knows she loves her hair, too. He is trying to do something nice and thoughtful for her.

This is why Jim is so stupefied when he arrives to find Della cut all her hair off. It is not because he thinks she is ugly without her hair, as she feared. Jim just spent a lot of time imagining how much Della will like her gift. He tries to show her how much he cares as...

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