By Charles Dickens
'What was once merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What solid 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 middle. A Christmas Carol has gripped the general public mind's eye because it was once first released in 1843, and it really is now as a lot part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. This version reprints the tale along Dickens's 4 different Christmas Books: The Chimes, The Cricket at the fire, The conflict of lifestyles, 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 goal 'to wake up a few loving and forbearing recommendations, by no means out of season in a Christian land'.
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The fog and frost so hung about the black old gateway of the house, that it seemed as if the Genius of the Weather sat in mournful meditation on the threshold. Now, it is a fact, that there was nothing at all particular about the knocker on the door, except that it was very large.
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Out upon merry Christmas! What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for ﬁnding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in ’em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will,’ said Scrooge indignantly, ‘every idiot who goes about with “Merry Christmas” on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. ’ pleaded the nephew.