Humour

Quotations about Humour by Charles Dickens

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 [...]

2018-05-11T19:52:52+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.

Background. "Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine." is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 7). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Context. Quotation said by the character Richard Swiveller. Taken from the following opening passage of Chapter 7 of  The Old Curiosity Shop: Fred,’ [...]

2018-02-26T10:55:32+00:00Categories: The Old Curiosity Shop|Tags: , |

While there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.

Background. "While there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour." 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 a great surprise to Scrooge, while listening to [...]

2017-12-08T13:11:04+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

For a man who had been out of practice for so many years it was a splendid laugh!

Background. "For a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh" 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. Quotation describing 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 [...]

2017-12-08T13:12:09+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |