Alliteration in The Gift of the Magi
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"sobs, sniffles, and smiles..." See in text (The Gift of the Magi)
O. Henry uses alliteration here to enhance the euphony of the audible reading of the story. Notice how he uses this literary device throughout the rest of the story as a reminder that this is a Christmas story meant to be read aloud.