A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

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One of the best-loved and such a lot quoted tales of "the guy who invented Christmas"-English author Charles Dickens-A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched thousands of hearts since.

Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge hasn't ever met a shilling he doesn't like. . .and not often a guy he does. And he hates Christmas such a lot of all. while Scrooge is visited through his outdated associate, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas earlier, Christmas current, and yuletide but to return, he learns everlasting classes of charity, kindness, and goodwill. event a real Victorian Christmas!

A miser learns the real that means of Christmas while 3 ghostly viewers overview his earlier and foretell his destiny.

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It started boiling in 1981. ' Women! But is she one? Well, yes and no. She has never been afraid to cry in public. Right from her early days at the Ministry of Pensions, if senior officials proved insufficiently right-wing then Mrs T. would avail herself of a refreshing little weep. I once saw her cry on television; I was in a London pub at the time, and was almost knocked off my stool by the ambient roar of foul-mouthed disgust. With her own people she is evidently forceful, fierce, vengeful, hortatory — and always right.

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