Now, the James Dillingham Youngs had two very special things. One was Jim's gold watch. It once belonged to his father, and, before that, to his grandfather. The other special thing was Della's hair.
Quickly, Della let down her beautiful, long hair. It fell down her back, and it was almost like a coat around her. Then she put her hair up again, quickly. For a second or two she stood still, and cried a little.
Then she put on her old brown coat, and her old brown hat, turned, and left the room. She went downstairs and out into the road, and her eyes were bright She walked along by the shops, and stopped when she came to a door with' Madame Eloise-Hair' on it. Inside there was a fat woman. She did not look like an' Eloise'.
“Will you buy my hair?' Della asked. 'I buy hair,' Madame replied.' Take your hat off, then, and show me your hair. '
The beautiful brown hair fell down.
'Twenty dollars, ' Madame said, and she touched the hair with her hand.
'Quick! Cut it off! Give me the money!' Della said. The next two hours went quickly. Della was happy because she was looking round the shops for Jim's present.
At last she found it. It was a gold chain for The Watch. Jim loved his watch, but it had no chain. When Della saw this gold chain, she knew immediately that it was right for Jim. She must have it.
The shop took twenty-one dollars from her for it, and she hurried home with the eighty-seven cents.
1. She went downstairs / and out into the road, / and her eyes were bright.
2. Show me your hair.