More Dickens on Christmas

December 20, 2007

Can there be too much Dickens? No. There cannot be.

They were a boy and girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.

Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.“Spirit! are they yours?” Scrooge could say no more.

“They are Man’s,” said the Spirit, looking down upon them. “And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!” cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. “Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse. And bide the end!”

“Have they no refuge or resource?” cried Scrooge.

“Are there no prisons?” said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. “Are there no workhouses?”

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6 Responses to “More Dickens on Christmas”

  1. NCtourism Says:

    I found your site quite by accident and I really like what I see.
    Dickens is one of my favorites and he is close to being a saint,
    in my opinion.
    There is a new book out by Susan Barringer Wells that you may find interesting. You can get more info at the blog above.
    Best wishes and have a great Christmas.

  2. fosco Says:

    Thanks for your kind words. I’m not really sure what Wells’ book has to do with Dickens, and your website looks a bit on the spammish/linkbait side, but it’s a holiday, so what the hell.

  3. NCtourism Says:

    Why would you make a comment like that?
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  4. NCtourism Says:

    PS-Regarding Wells’ book. Did I misunderstand the home schooling aspect of your blog?

  5. fosco Says:

    I had to dig around a little at your site to discover the entry on the book, which is why I got a little suspicious at first. No, I don’t believe you’ve misunderstood the homeschooling aspect of our blog. We spend a great deal of our time reading and discussing books. A Game Called Salisbury looks interesting; thanks for the recommendation. It doesn’t quite fit into our current studies, but is probably worth a look by local history buffs.

    I get 1-2 messages a week containing nice-ish comments that actually turn to be machine generated comments aimed at driving traffic to commercial sites and I routinely give them the axe. My finger was probably a bit hasty in this case. Forgive me if I’ve given offense.

  6. nctourism Says:

    Thanks for your kind response.
    I, too, get bombarded and sadly have to provide safeguards
    on my forum to keep out the porn posts. I approve all registrations one at a time.
    Have a great Christmas.


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