A Pleasant Time

by Charles Dickens

“Much good it has ever done you,” said Scrooge. “There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,” returned the nephew. “Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round – apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that – 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. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”


Charles Dickens (1812-1870), one of the most popular English novelists of the Victorian era, authored “A Christmas Carol,” from which these six sentences are excerpted.


margery said...

Good choice, Rob!

Joe said...

Mr. Dickens was always one of my favorites, any time of year. Good choice, I second! I saw the original ms of this at the JP Morgan Library a few years ago. I just checked and it's still on exhibit. Must be ever year. It's until January 4th. They are located at The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street New York, NY 10016, if anyone's interested.

Ian said...

Thanks Rob. Well-chosen indeed.

Robert McEvily said...

Thanks Everyone!

paul d brazill said...

Should go far, this lad.