What two things do Jim and Della most love?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In this story, the two characters, Jim and Della, do not have much money but want to give each other nice Christmas presents.  They want to give each other presents that will go well with their most treasured "possessions."

For Jim, his most treasured possession is his pocket watch, handed down from his grandfather.  For Della, it is her long, beautiful hair.  She wants to get him a chain for the watch, he wants to get her combs for her hair.

I wouldn't say those are the things they love most, though.  It's pretty clear from the ending of the story that they love each other more than they love material things.

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They both love each other.
Jim loves his watch thatbelonged to his fathers and his granfather's. Della loves her hair.

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And on the other hand, Della loves her long beatuful hair, but similarly she loves Jim more.


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