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The gift of the Magi by O.Henry

Some vocabulary for The gift of the Magi

the Magithree kings, three wise men following a star to visit Jesus Christ when he was a baby and give him presents
to bulldozemetaphorically: to overpower
parsimonyquality of not willing to spend money
to instigateto cause things to happen
mendicancy squadpolice unit arresting beggars and homeless people

It did not exactly beggar description, but it had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad. The apartment is not rundown beyond description (beggar description), but it is very close to appearing to be a place where homeless beggars would dwell.

pier-glassthin mirror
queen of Shebalegendary figure in the Hebrew Bible, who brings a caravan of valuable gifts for the Israelite King Solomon
to depreciateto reduce, to diminish
fob chainmetal chain attached to an old-fashioned watch
meretriciousseeming attractive but of little value
on the slysecretly
setterhunter's dog
quailtype of bird (german: Wachtel)
tresseslit.: long hair
covetedstrongly desired
adornmentsomething decorative
mangerbox for feeding cattle