I’ve always liked the story because of its message of selfless giving, but it wasn’t until my close reading of the story with my grandson that I noticed how O. Henry used color to paint a picture with words and depict the mood of the story.
It’s Christmas Eve. Della has only one-dollar and eighty-seven cents to buy a present for her husband, Jim.
While I use color in my writing, I try not to overuse it. Now, I wonder if I should use more.