The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

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What is the setting of "The Gift of the Magi?"

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The story takes place in New York during the Christmas holiday season.  Della and Jim, the couple who are the main characters in the short story, live in a tiny but well-kept apartment.  It is sparsely furnished due to the couple's meager income.  One also gets an idea that the apartment is a little cool since the weather in New York is often cold at that time of year.  From the setting, the reader gets an idea that Della and Jim are industrious people who just happen to be poor--one gets this idea from the statement that the apartment was tidy.  The setting makes the reader appreciate the generosity of Della and Jim who give so selflessly when in reality neither has much to offer in the way of material possessions.  

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