Okay, I'm going to calm down.
So, who hasn’t heard of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? The novella has spawned countless movie and TV adaptations, and is known all throughout the world, especially during Christmas. The funny thing is, I’ve known about A Christmas Carol since I was little, but I never actually read it.
The novella revolves around Scrooge, a stingy, horrid old man who says, “Bah! Humbug!” every time someone brings up Christmas. On Christmas eve, he is visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley—dead these seven years, sorry, couldn’t help myself—and warned that three ghosts will visit him, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
Well, what can I say about A Christmas Carol that hasn’t been said more eloquently by a million others before me? That is why I’m going to keep this short.
A Christmas Carol was a charming novella that ended too soon. I enjoyed every single moment of it, and I feel very lucky to have read it with Christmas looming in the horizon.
Sometimes, Dickens strayed from the narrative and started talking directly to the reader. By the end of the book, I felt like we were old chums. I love how he uses language. He plays around with it, and ends up with most unexpected but humorous results.
“You wish to be anonymous?”
“I wish to be left alone,” said Scrooge. “Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas, and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned–they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there.”
“Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”
“If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Besides–excuse me–I don’t know that.”Yes, Scrooge is a miser, but he’s a very witty miser. I chortled—chortled!—loudly at some of his outrageous statements.
Overall, A Christmas Carol is a very charming book, and I think that a lot of people would agree with me when I say that the film versions failed to capture the full essence of Dickens’s wit.
Merry Christmas, everyone!