A Christmas Carol Quotes by Charles Dickens
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
He takks Scrooge on a tour o yestreens His waesome upbringin, his schulin, cauld steens That wye on the miser's blaik hairt, syne they flit Tae Scrooge's apprenticeship. Fezziwig's fit Wis first in the dauncin an last tae be still Wis there e'er sic a maister? He'd aye pour a gill O frienship an brandy tae warm Yuletide's jeel Even Scrooge luikin intae the past, wished him weel The ghaist didna dauchle, he hickled Scrooge ben Tae anither scene. Twa luvers waukin a glen. Let's agree tae makk siller yer wife For greed hauds the tiller that steers yer new life. She'd wish he wis here.
May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Charles Dickens had a life-long interest in ghosts and the supernatural. This fascination began when he was just a child and his nursemaid, a remarkable girl called Mary Weller, recounted a whole series of ghastly and ghoulish tales to entertain and indeed frighten her young charge. Dickens devoured this publication avidly. This juvenile involvement with the ghostly and the ghastly stayed with Dickens throughout his life and all his novels to some extent were affected by this interest. Gabriel Grubb, rather like Ebenezer Scrooge, shows little respect for the festive season. Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol just before Christmas
I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Scrooge Extinguishes the First of the Three Spirits. Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner.