A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.

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Business! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!

Background. "Business! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being [...]

2018-09-18T08:37:34+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

You have yet a chance and hope of escaping my fate.

Background. "You have yet a chance and hope of escaping my fate." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Context. The quote is said by the ghost of [...]

2018-09-18T07:44:36+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

He was so fluttered and so glowing with his good intentions.

Background.  "He was so fluttered and so glowing with his good intentions." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quotation is a description of Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob Marley and three [...]

2018-08-27T21:20:13+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

A speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top.

Background. "A speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 3). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. Dickens humourously describes a Christmas pudding in the popular festive short story A Christmas Carol. The pudding has been cooked in the Cratchit [...]

2018-08-26T08:56:28+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

The sound resounded through the house like thunder.

Background. "The sound resounded through the house like thunder." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Context. This quotation is describes the sound made by Ebenezer Scrooge after [...]

2018-10-29T11:27:17+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

I am as light as a feather.

Background.  "I am as light as a feather." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quotation is said by Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob Marley and three ghosts, Scrooge is relieved to wake [...]

2018-10-02T22:26:39+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

I am as giddy as a drunken man.

Background.  "I am as giddy as a drunken man." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quotation is said by Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob Marley and three ghosts, Scrooge is relieved [...]

2018-10-02T22:27:25+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

I am as merry as a schoolboy.

Background.  "I am as merry as a schoolboy." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quotation is said by Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob Marley and three ghosts, Scrooge is relieved to [...]

2018-10-02T22:28:08+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

I am as happy as an angel.

Background.  "I am as happy as an angel." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quotation is said by Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob Marley and three ghosts, Scrooge is relieved to [...]

2018-10-02T22:28:47+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

Like a bad lobster in a dark cellar.

Background.  "Like a bad lobster in a dark cellar." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Context. The quote is a description of the ghost of Jacob Marley, [...]

2018-10-02T22:29:26+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |
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