"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens

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whole score of years - between 1845, the first memorable year thus celebrated by Mr. Dickens with the best of all his Christmas Books, The Christmas Carol , and the last year, 1865, hardly less noticeable in its turn as the year within which he produced about the finest of all his Christmas Numbers, Doctor Marigold . Happily his Christmas story - teller appears to be fairly exhaustible.

He never seems to lack, year after year, some ingenious device - some device perfectly new and original in itself, and never previously thought of as a medium for the relation of as series or cluster of narratives - upon which, as upon a connecting thread, he can string together the priceless, pearls, blown eggshells, winter daisies or what not, making up the miscellaneous assortment of each successive Christmas Number. Here, in Mugby Junction , is the last, and certainly not the least surprising evidence of this extraordinary ingenuity of his in the way of imaginative contrivance. It is as different from Doctor Marigold , in the root idea of it, and in the whole manner and treatment of it, as Doctor Marigold was, in each of those particulars, different from Mrs.

Lurriper. Each of Christmases short - stories stands absolutely per se - must be regarded as distinctly sui generis - none but itself can be its parallel . It was the same one year with Poor Traveler - another with the Wreck of the Golden Mary - another with the Holly-Tree Inn .

Mr. Dickens never repeats himself. One while a Lodging Housekeeper - another Cheap Jack - now a Boots - now a Railway Polter - his identity is swallowed up, as one way say and say, too, without one atom of extravagance in the last of his great realistic idealizations.

The main excellence, value, and attraction, however, of the number all lie as a matter of course in the for opening papers from the hand of our great novelist. Foremost among them, do our thinking, being beyond all comparison the best of the four - the story of The Signalman. Brief though it is, it is perfect as a work of art.

It shows again, and in a remarkable manner, Mr. Dickens s power in his mastery of the terrible.

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