Symbols in The Gift of the Magi

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"grey cat walking a grey fence in a grey backyard..."   (The Gift of the Magi)

O. Henry’s repetitive use of the word “grey” in this sentence intensifies the drab imagery of the story. It also symbolizes the sadness Della feels as Christmas approaches, because she doesn’t feel as though it will be joyful unless she can find the perfect gift for her husband.