A Christmas Carol: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (Google eBook)

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Maynard, Merrill & Company, 1882 - 64 pages
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SUMMARY Ebenezer Scrooge was a mouse obsessed with gold and money and did not care for others. As he counts his money on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the spirit of his old business partner, Jacob ... Read full review

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Warning! This is an abridged version. Get the UNABRIDGED version. A Christmas Carol is not a particularly hard read (although I have read it every Christmas for seven years and pick up something new every time) and taking anything away from the original is a travesty.
You will miss a lot of beautiful prose if you don't read the unabridged version.
 

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Page 39 - Any Cratchit would have blushed to hint at such a thing. At last the dinner was all done, the cloth was cleared, the hearth swept, and the fire made up. The compound in the jug being tasted and considered perfect, apples and oranges were put upon the table, and a shovel-full of chestnuts on the fire.
Page 36 - We'da deal of work to finish up last night," replied the girl, "and had to clear away this morning, mother!" "Well! never mind so long as you are come,
Page 35 - What has ever got your precious father then?' said Mrs. Cratchit. 'And your brother, Tiny Tim! And Martha warn't as late last Christmas Day by half-an-hour?' 'Here's Martha, mother!' said a girl, appearing as she spoke. 'Here's Martha, mother!
Page 38 - Its tenderness and flavor, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration. Eked out by apple-sauce and mashed potatoes, it was a sufficient dinner for the whole family ; indeed, as Mrs. Cratchit said with great delight (surveying one small atom of a bone upon the dish), they hadn't ate it all at last...
Page 9 - The door of Scrooge's counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his clerk who in a dismal little cell beyond a sort of tank, was copying letters. Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was so very much smaller, that it looked like one coal. But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part. Wherefore the clerk put on his white comforter,...
Page 37 - Mrs. Cratchit made the gravy ready beforehand in a little saucepan, hissing hot ; Master Peter mashed the potatoes with incredible vigor ; Miss Belinda sweetened up the applesauce ; Martha dusted the hot plates ; Bob took Tiny Tim beside him in a tiny corner...
Page 30 - Then old Fezziwig stood out to dance with Mrs. Fezziwig. Top couple, too; with a good stiff piece of work cut out for them; three or four and twenty pair of partners; people who were not to be trifled with; people who would dance, and had no notion of walking. But if they had been twice as many—ah, four times — old Fezziwig would have been a match for them, and so would Mrs.
Page 10 - ... not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in 'em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will,' said Scrooge indignantly, 'every idiot who goes about with "Merry Christmas...
Page 37 - ... thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.
Page 63 - My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well ; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely ; that, in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.

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