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Della is the highly devoted housewife of Jim.  She would do, and does, absolutely everything for him.  They aren't very well off, in fact, they are quite poor, but that doesn't seem to bother Della at all.  In her quest to buy him a worthy Christmas present she sells all of her hair to do it and, being the selfless person that she is, rather than spend time brooding over her lost hair she instead worries that Jim won't find her attractive without it.  Her character is very emotional, and we see her often swing between emotional extremes.  When she finally buys Jim a present for Christmas she goes from ecstasy to despair in mere moments.