The following question refers to “The Gift of the Magi”:
What is the meaning of the following line from the story:
“[The room] did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that ...
... word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad” (Impact 403).
The room was not quite as bad as a beggar’s quarters, but it was close.
Della and Jim had stolen possessions in the room that they were hiding.
The room had once looked grand, and now it looked old.
Though old, the room possessed characteristics that were beautiful and antiquated.
A. The room was not quite as bad as a beggar’s quarters, but it was close is the answer.
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