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We Three Kings

Kings College sings "We Three Kings"

King’s College Choir

Kings College

The Choir owes its existence to King Henry VI to sing daily services in his magnificent chapel. This remains the Choir’s role and is an important part of the lives of its 16 choristers, 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars, who study a variety of subjects in the College.
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The Three Magi by Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich

The Three Magi

The Town. Variant. Scenery sketch for N.Evreinov drama “The Three Magi”. 1907
Город. Вариант. Набросок декорации к мистерии Н.Евреинова «Три волхва»
Gouache, ink on paper mounted on cardboard. 28.5 x 34 cm.
E.M.Velichko collection, Moscow

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The Gift of the Magi

Three: A Magic Number

In “The Gift of the Magi,” the number three figures prominently. Consider the following:

  • gift of the MagiThe story has three characters: Della, Jim, and Madame Sophronie.
  • Della counts her money three times (Paragraph 1).
  • The narrator says that “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles (Paragraph 2).
  • The story refers three times to the Youngs’ supper entree: chops.
  • The story mentions the Queen of Sheba, who gave three types of gifts to King Solomon: spices, gold, and jewels.
  • A sentence in Paragraph 5 says, “She stood by the window and looked out dully at a grey cat walking a grey fence in a grey backyard.”
  • Jim tells Della, I don’t think there’s anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less.
  • The narrator alliteratively describes Della as speaking with “sudden serious sweetness.”
  • The were three magi: Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar.
  • The magi offered three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
  • According to tradition, the magi were kings of Arabia, Persia, and India. 
  • The story centers on three valuables: Jim’s gold watch, Della’s hair, and the love Jim and Della share.

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