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  1. #1
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    Nov 2009

    Dickens "A Christmas Carol"

    Hello Christmas Friends

    Every year during the Holiday Season I make a point of reading "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, it is my favorite Holiday story.I have several copies of the book and every TV or Movie version I have been able to lay my hands on.

    I thought some of you might enjoy reading the story in Dickens original verbiage so let's read it together.I will post one page a day Monday through Friday and for a few minutes of your time each day by Christmas you will have read one of the most delightful pieces of literature pen and ink have ever put to paper.

    Stave 1: Marley's Ghost

    Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

    Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

    Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don't know how many years. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.

    The mention of Marley's funeral brings me back to the point I started from. There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet's Father died before the play began, there would be nothing more remarkable in his taking a stroll at night, in an easterly wind, upon his own ramparts, than there would be in any other middle-aged gentleman rashly turning out after dark in a breezy spot -- say Saint Paul's Churchyard for instance -- literally to astonish his son's weak mind.

    Scrooge never painted out Old Marley's name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: Scrooge and Marley. The firm was known as Scrooge and Marley. Sometimes people new to the business called Scrooge Scrooge, and sometimes Marley, but he answered to both names: it was all the same to him.

    Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind- stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.

    'I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!' Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. 'The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh, Jacob Marley! Heaven, and the Christmas Time be praised for this! I say it on my knees, old Jacob, on my knees!' (Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2010
    ...and I live in a hole...
    I've seen the various films of A Christmas Carol many a time, but this is the first time I've read the text. I often wondered what the attraction of Dickens was, but now I can squint at his prose I'm beginning to understand. Thanks for posting this.
    So let the raucous sleigh bells jingle,
    Hail our dear old friend kris kringle,
    Driving his reindeer across the sky.
    Don't stand underneath when they fly by.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Lincolnshire uk
    Thanks Papa C....

    Page 1, now read...
    Merry Christmas to all...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Great idea Papa C.

    Merry Snowy Christmas
    Love & Peace to the World

  5. #5
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    Feb 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Thanks Papa C! I'm going to read it to my boy. Thanks for the inspiration!
    A Very Merry Christmas to all!

  6. #6
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    Nov 2009
    Shavertown, PA, USA
    I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

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