When she arrived there, she looked at her very short hair in the glass. ' What can I do with it?' she thought. For the next half an hour she was very busy.
Then she looked again in the glass. Her hair was now in very small curls all over her head. ' Oh, dear. I look like a schoolgirl!' she said to herself. 'What's Jim going to say when he sees me?'
At seven o' clock the dinner was nearly ready and Della was waiting. ' Oh, I hope he thinks that I'm still beautiful!' she thought.
The door opened and Jim came in and closed it . He looked very thin and he needed a new coat. his eyes were on Della. She could not understand the look on his face, and she was afraid. He was not angry or surprised. He just watched her, with that strange look on his face.
Della ran to him.
' Jim,' she cried. ' don't look at me like that. I sold my hair because I wanted to give you a present. It will soon be long again. I had to do it, jim. Say "happy Christmas", please. I have a wonderful present for you!'
'You've cut off your hair?' asked Jim.
'Yes. I cut it off and sold it,' Della said. 'But don't you love me any more, Jim? I'm still me.'
Jim looked round the room.
' You say your hair has gone?' he said, almost stupidly.
'Yes. I told you. Because I love you! shall I get the dinner now, Jim?'
Suddenly Jim put his arms round his Della. then he took something from his pocket and put it on the table.
'l love you, Della. But if you open that, you'll see why I was unhappy at first.'
1. Her hair was now / in very small curls / all over her head.
2. She could not understand / the look on his face, / and she was afraid.