achristmascarol_firstedition

A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.

Background. “A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.” is a quotation taken 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 […]

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Martin Chuzzlewit.

On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels.

Background. “On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels.” is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 2). Martin Chuzzlewit, is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.     Context. Taken from the […]

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David Copperfield.

If you’re an eel, sir, conduct yourself like one.

Background. “If you’re an eel, sir, conduct yourself like one.” is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 35). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.     Context. Quotation said by the character Betsy Trotwood talking to Uriah Heep. Taken from the following passage from Chapter 35 of […]

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Martin Chuzzlewit.

No man can expect his children to respect what he degrades.

Background. “No man can expect his children to respect what he degrades.” is a quotation taken from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 36). Martin Chuzzlewit is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.     Context. This quotation is said Tom Pinch in a conversation with the master of the house where […]

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achristmascarol_firstedition

God bless Us, Every One!

Background. “God bless Us, Every One!” is a quotation taken 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 […]

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