By Charles Dickens
One of 5 cherished Christmas classics
First released on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol used to be an rapid vintage: Londoners thronged to listen to Dickens learn it in individual and acquired out the 1st printing in days. Its reception used to be so ecstatic that it's credited with supporting to restore curiosity one of the Victorians in Christmas traditions, together with caroling and vacation playing cards, in addition to inciting an unforeseen wave of charitable giving from Britain’s commercial Age robber barons. Originally conceived as a pamphlet opposed to exploitative capitalism earlier than taking its present shape, it has encouraged dozens of theatrical and picture adaptions, and its characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, are ceaselessly inscribed in our hearts and minds.
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It was bitterly cold in the big hall, and the man suddenly shivered. He said, "Goodnight, mademoiselle. Forgive my intrusion. " He bowed with stagy grace, but the gesture was lost on her. She had turned her back on him and was already passing out of sight round a turn of the stairs. "The door, Monsieur Chavel," Charlot mocked him. But the man had one shot left. "You are an imposter," he said. "You were not in the prison, you did not recognize me. Do you think I would have forgotten any face there?
There aren't many around here, are there? Roche, the one-armed hero: I don't much fancy marrying a piece of a man. " He found his mouth was dry: it was absurd to experience this excitement before asking a tradeswoman's daughter... but he had missed the opportunity before he could get his tongue to move. "Maybe," she said, "I'll have to go to Brinac market for one. I always heard that when you were rich, there were lots of fortune hunters around. " "Only my mother," she said. " "Therese," a voice called from the stairs.
It's time I got along," he said. "You don't have to hurry. " "Oh, yes, I think so. " She said, "We could do with a man here. A couple of women can't keep a place like this clean. " "It's as you like. Wages wouldn't be a difficulty," she said bitterly. " He thought, If only for a week... to be quiet... at home. " 9 FOR TWENTY-FOUR HOURS IT WAS STRANGE AND BITTER TO BE living in his own house as an odd-job man, but after another twenty-four it was familiar and peaceful. If a man loves a place enough he doesn't need to possess it: it's enough for him to know that it is safe and unaltered--or only altered in the natural way by time and circumstance.
A Christmas Carol (Penguin Christmas Classics) by Charles Dickens