"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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the romance of their fun, the fun of their romance, the nonsense in their ideas, and the ideas in their nonsense. He wrote a portion of one of his best Christmas serials - Boots at the Holly-Tree Inn - it is called - a story of baby love which would have drawn smiles and tears from Mr. Grangrind, and which, as was recognized on the spot as absolutely true to nature by a mother in the gallery, whose sympathy I thought at the time would be too much for Mr.
Dickens himself. We could picture better than he that curious animal, the British boy? Why he understood him in every phrase and under every aspect of his existence, whether he was the pupil of Dr Blimber s classical academy or of Mr.
Fagin s establishment of technical education. Who, again, fathomed more profoundly that sea whose dimples so often deceive us as to its depth, the mind of a young girl? As seasonably welcome as either plum - pudding let us say, or as mince pies - and, happily, just as inevitable for many years past, on the animal coming round of December - have been the successive Christmas numbers of Mr.
Dickens s periodical have long since come to look for ward to them very succeeding twelvemonth almost as were mothers of course. We would as soon think, somehow of celebrating Christmas without, for example, dangling a pendant bunch of mistletoe overhead or without wreathing green branches and red berries about the paneling of our homerooms, as without according once more a welcome, not merely upon our hearths, but within our hearts to some new tale or series of tales more or less appropriate to the season - to the holy - days and the holly - nights of Christmas - tide-tales told by our Great Novelist at regular intervals now during a goodly span of one .Скачать