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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A small matter to make these silly folks so full of gratitude.

Background. "A small matter to make these silly folks so full of gratitude." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 2). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing a joyous Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig dancing away at their Christmas party. This quote is said by The Ghost of Christmas Past to Ebenezer [...]

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He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil.

Background. "He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 2). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing a joyous Mr and Mrs Fezziwig dancing away at their Christmas party. This [...]

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I’ll keep my Christmas humour to the last.

Background. "I’ll keep my Christmas humour to the last." 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.   Context. Quotation said by Fred, Scrooge’s nephew. Fred, a jovial character in the story, is determined he will stay cheerful, despite his uncle's bitterness during the exchange of words. Taken from the following passage in Stave 1 of A Christmas Carol: “Good [...]

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A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.

Background. "A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone." 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 from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of [...]

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Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal.

Background. "Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal." 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.   Context. This quotation reflects the miserly attitude of the lead character Ebenezer Scrooge. Even though it is mid-Winter time, the mean-spirited Scrooge maintains only a small fire [...]

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God bless Us, Every One!

Background. "God bless Us, Every One!" 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 quote is taken from the following closing passage of A Christmas Carol: “He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep [...]

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For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

Background. "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself." 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. Taken from the following passage in Stave 3 (The Second Of The Three Spirits) of A Christmas Carol: It was their turn to laugh now [...]

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Much good may it do you! Much good it has ever done you!

Background. "Much good may it do you! Much good it has ever done you!" 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.   Context. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas Carol, who prefers his own company and has few friends. His nephew has visted him whilst he is working [...]

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Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine.

Background. "Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine." 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.   Context. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas Carol, who prefers his own company and has few friends. His nephew has visted him whilst he is working [...]

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It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form.

Background. "It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 4). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. This quote is a description of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Taken from the following opening passage in Stave 4 (The Last Of The Three Spirits) of A Christmas [...]

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It’s likely to be a very cheap funeral, for upon my life I don’t know of anybody to go to it.

Background. "It’s likely to be a very cheap funeral for upon my life I don’t know of anybody to go to it." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 4). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quote is said by some businessmen taking about the death of Ebenezer Scrooge who are joking about the lack of people likely to be at his [...]

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Solitary as an oyster.

Background. "Solitary as an oyster." 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 from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas [...]

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