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15. Out of his trance Jim seemed quickly to wake. He hugged his Della. Then he took a package from his pocket and threw it upon the table.

16. “Don’t make any mistake, Dell,” he said.” I don’t think there is anything in the way of haircut or a shave that could make me like my girl any less. But, if you unwrap that package you may see why I was so fierce at first.”

17. White fingers tore at the string and paper. Then an ecstatic scream of joy was followed by hysterical tears, for there lay The Combs – the set of combs that Della had worshipped for so long in a shop window. Beautiful, expensive combs that she had longed for. Now they were hers, but the beautiful hair was gone. She hugged them to her. After a while she managed to smile and say, “My hair grows so fast, Jim!”

18. Eagerly she held out his beautiful present on her open palm. “Isn’t it a dandy, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it.”

19. Instead of obeying, Jim tumbled down on the couch, put his hands behind his head and smiled. “Dell,” said he, “let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ‘em awhile. They’re too good to use just at

present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. So…let’s have supper.

( Adapted from The Gift of the Magi ” by O Henry .)

Activity 1:

Diction and imagery

[lo 6.5]

We can all learn something from the author of THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT about how to write descriptively. He has chosen specific techniques to create a vivid picture of Della in our imaginations.

DICTION: One of the easiest ways of improving your writing is to choose your words with care. Some words are simply more effective than others as words have different connotations. Let’s take a look at how the author of the story has chosen clever VERBS and ADVERBS to enhance his writing.

  • Re-read paragraph 2 and 5. Choose at least three verbs that your feel are effective. Compare them with other verbs that may have the same meaning, but not the same impact. Write down your findings in the following table.
  • Chosen verb from text
  • Similar verb
  • Difference in effect.
  • Now do the same with at least two ADVERBS from paragraph 4
  • Chosen adverb from text
  • Similar adverb
  • Difference in effect.

IMAGERY: The author of the story has also employed comparisons to make his writing more colourful. He has used metaphors and similes. Write down a definition of each of these figures of speech:



  • Analyse each of the comparisons below. Use the headings as a guide.
Image Metaphor / simile? Which 2 things are compared How are they similar? What is the effect of the comparison?
‘her hair fell about her, rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters’
’her hair reached below her knee and covered her like a garment’
‘The next two hours tripped by on rosy wings as she ransacked the stores’

Activity 2:

Sentence types

[lo 6.2]

  • Scan the text of the THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT and quote one example of each of the following :
  • Write down the characteristics of each of the following sentences in the space provided.

Questions & Answers

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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