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Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.DOWNLOAD
Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner.Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner.DOWNLOAD
A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.DOWNLOAD
A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!DOWNLOAD
Hard and sharp as flint.Hard and sharp as flint.DOWNLOAD
Solitary as an oyster.Solitary as an oyster.DOWNLOAD
The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.DOWNLOAD
He carried his own low temperature always about with him.He carried his own low temperature always about with him.DOWNLOAD
External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him.External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him.DOWNLOAD
Once upon a time—of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve—old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house. It was cold, bleak, biting weather: foggy withal: and he could hear the people in the court outside, go wheezing up and down, beating their hands upon their breasts, and stamping their feet upon the pavement stones to warm them.Once upon a time—of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve—old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house. It was cold, bleak, biting weather: foggy withal: and he could hear the people in the court outside, go wheezing up and down, beating their hands upon their breasts, and stamping their feet upon the pavement stones to warm them.DOWNLOAD
Candles were flaring in the windows of the neighbouring offices, like ruddy smears upon the palpable brown air.Candles were flaring in the windows of the neighbouring offices, like ruddy smears upon the palpable brown air.DOWNLOAD
The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms.The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms.DOWNLOAD
The door of Scrooge’s counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters.The door of Scrooge’s counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters.DOWNLOAD
Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal.Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal.DOWNLOAD
Bah! Humbug!DOWNLOAD
Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.DOWNLOAD
Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine.Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine.DOWNLOAD
I have always thought of Christmas timeas a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.I have always thought of Christmas time … as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.DOWNLOAD
The clerk in the Tank involuntarily applauded. Becoming immediately sensible of the impropriety, he poked the fire, and extinguished the last frail spark for ever.The clerk in the Tank involuntarily applauded. Becoming immediately sensible of the impropriety, he poked the fire, and extinguished the last frail spark for ever.DOWNLOAD
You’re quite a powerful speaker, sir, I wonder you don’t go into Parliament.You’re quite a powerful speaker, sir, I wonder you don’t go into Parliament.DOWNLOAD
I want nothing from you; I ask nothing of you; why cannot we be friends?I want nothing from you; I ask nothing of you; why cannot we be friends?DOWNLOAD
I’ll keep my Christmas humour to the last.I’ll keep my Christmas humour to the last.DOWNLOAD
Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts.Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts.DOWNLOAD
It is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.It is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.DOWNLOAD
I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry.I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry.DOWNLOAD
If they would rather die they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.If they would rather die, they’d better do it, and decrease the surplus population.DOWNLOAD
It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s.It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s.DOWNLOAD
The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a Gothic window in the wall, became invisible, and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds, with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a Gothic window in the wall, became invisible, and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds, with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.DOWNLOAD
A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of December!A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of December!DOWNLOAD
A gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of building up a yard, where it had so little business to be, that one could scarcely help fancying it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide-and-seek with other houses, and forgotten the way out again.A gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of building up a yard, where it had so little business to be, that one could scarcely help fancying it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide-and-seek with other houses, and forgotten the way out again.DOWNLOAD
The yard was so dark that even Scrooge, who knew its every stone, was fain to grope with his hands.The yard was so dark that even Scrooge, who knew its every stone, was fain to grope with his hands.DOWNLOAD
The fog and frost so hung about the black old gateway of the house, that it seemed as if the Genius of the Weather sat in mournful meditation on the threshold.The fog and frost so hung about the black old gateway of the house, that it seemed as if the Genius of the Weather sat in mournful meditation on the threshold.DOWNLOAD
Scrooge, having his key in the lock of the door, saw in the knocker, without its undergoing any intermediate process of change—not a knocker, but Marley’s face.Scrooge, having his key in the lock of the door, saw in the knocker, without its undergoing any intermediate process of change—not a knocker, but Marley’s face.DOWNLOAD
Like a bad lobster in a dark cellar.Like a bad lobster in a dark cellar.DOWNLOAD
The sound resounded through the house like thunder.The sound resounded through the house like thunder.DOWNLOAD
Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.DOWNLOAD
You may be an undigested bit of beef.You may be an undigested bit of beef.DOWNLOAD
There’s more of gravy than of grave about you.There’s more of gravy than of grave about you.DOWNLOAD
It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death.It is required of every man, that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and, if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death.DOWNLOAD
I wear the chain I forged in life.I wear the chain I forged in life.DOWNLOAD
No rest, no peace. Incessant torture of remorse.No rest, no peace. Incessant torture of remorse.DOWNLOAD
No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.DOWNLOAD
Business! Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!Business! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!DOWNLOAD
Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!DOWNLOAD
You have yet a chance and hope of escaping my fate.You have yet a chance and hope of escaping my fate.DOWNLOAD
He became sensible of confused noises in the air; incoherent sounds of lamentation and regret; wailings inexpressibly sorrowful and self-accusatory.He became sensible of confused noises in the air; incoherent sounds of lamentation and regret; wailings inexpressibly sorrowful and self-accusatory.DOWNLOAD
He tried to say “Humbug!” but stopped at the first syllable.He tried to say “Humbug!” but stopped at the first syllable.DOWNLOAD