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“Imputation" means to softly
accuse someone. "Parsimony
means to be very cheap. What
do words like "bulldozing*
"burned" suggest about how
Della saved money, and how
she feels about it?

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“Imputation means to softly accuse someone. Parsimony means to be very cheap. What do words like bulldozing* burned suggest about how Della saved money, and how

1 Answer

  • Words like "bulldozing" and "burned" suggest the following about how Della saved money and how she feels about it:

    - When the narrator says Della saved money by "bulldozing" the grocer, he means that she had to insist, almost force him, to reduce prices so that she would not spend all her money.

    - When he says her cheeks "burned" with imputation, he means that she feels embarrassed for having to do such a thing. Such an insistence shows how poor she is, and that makes her feel self-conscious.

    • Della is the main character in the short story "The Gift of the Magi," by O. Henry. She and her husband Jim are a poor couple, but they love each other greatly.
    • The passage we are analyzing here shows that Della tried her best to save money. She had to be very insistent with the grocer to be able to save that one dollar and eighty-seven cents.
    • She feels embarrassed by it, knowing that when she insists for prices to be reduced she is revealing her own need to be "cheap" due to lack of money.
    • That is what the words "bulldozing" and "burned" mean in the context. "Bulldozing" refers to her forcing the grocer to comply to her means, and "burned" refers to her feeling of embarrassment.

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