By Charles Dickens
This new collection of Dickens's Christmas writings confirms his lasting impact upon our notion of the Christmas spirit: that Christmas is a time for get together, charity, and reminiscence. as well as the cherished A Christmas Carol, this quantity comprises such festive works as "Christmas Festivities," "The tale of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton," "A Christmas Tree," "The Seven bad Travellers," The Haunted guy and the Ghost's discount, and a Christmas episode from grasp Humphrey's Clock.
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And some were nothing short of incensed, such as the female critic in the Quarterly Review who dismissed the author as of 舠no interest舡 and the novel as 舠too odiously and abominably pagan to be palatable even to the most vitiated class of English readers舡 (Miller, p. 238). Perhaps worst of all was the reviewer who suggested that the writer should have considered killing himself before letting the book complete its natural course, marveling at 舠how a human being could have attempted such a book as the present without committing suicide before he had finished a dozen chapters舡 (Frank, p.
And yet she knew them: knew their ways, their language, their family histories; she could hear of them with interest, and talk of them with detail, minute, graphic, and accurate; but with them, she rarely exchanged a word. Hence it ensued that what her mind had gathered of the real concerning them, was too exclusively confined to those tragic and terrible traits of which, in listening to the secret annals of every rude vicinage,f the memory is sometimes compelled to receive the impress. Her imagination, which was a spirit more sombre than sunny, more powerful than sportive, found in such traits material whence it wrought creations like Heathcliff, like Earnshaw, like Catherine.
As far as the scenery and locality are concerned, it could scarcely have been so sympathetic: Ellis Bell did not describe as one whose eye and taste alone found pleasure in the prospect; her native hills were far more to her than a spectacle; they were what she lived in, and by, as much as the wild birds, their tenants, or as the heather, their produce. Her descriptions, then, of natural scenery are what they should be, and all they should be. Where delineation of human character is concerned, the case is different.
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens