By Charles Dickens
'What was once merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What stable had it ever performed to him?'Ebenezer Scrooge is a bad-tempered skinflint who hates Christmas and all it stands for, yet a ghostly customer foretells 3 apparitions who will thaw Scrooge's frozen center. A Christmas Carol has gripped the general public mind's eye because it used to be first released in 1843, and it truly is now as a lot part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. This variation reprints the tale along Dickens's 4 different Christmas Books: The Chimes, The Cricket at the fireplace, The conflict of existence, and The Haunted guy. All 5 tales convey Dickens at his unpredictable top, jumbling jointly comedy and melodrama, genial romance and pressing social satire, in pursuit of his objective 'to wake up a few loving and forbearing concepts, by no means out of season in a Christian land'.
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Meanwhile the fog and darkness thickened so, that people ran about with ﬂaring links,* proﬀering their services to go before horses in carriages, and conduct them on their way. The ancient tower of a church, whose gruﬀ old bell was always peeping slily down at Marley’s Ghost Scrooge out of a gothic window in the wall, became invisible, and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds, with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there. The cold became intense.
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