Character Analysis in The Gift of the Magi
This line contrasts with the previous sentence that says, “Jim was never late.” These two absolute statements of “never” and “always” show the practiced routine of the two lovers. They know each other perfectly and seem to be completely in tune with one another.
The turn in drab, heavy narration to light and “rosy” tones is a metaphor for Della’s change in emotion after having cut her hair. Although the reader may think she feels some regret about the loss of her beautiful hair, her ability to radiate joy speaks to how much she truly loves Jim.