A Christmas Carol - Stave Two

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"It was a strange figure - like a child, yet not so like a child as like an old man"
"Its hair, which hung about its neck and down its back, was white as if with age: and yet the face had not a wrinkle in it"
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"It wore a tunic of the purest white, and round its waist was bound a lustrous belt, the sheen of which was beautiful"
"It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand"
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"But the strangest thing about it was, that from the crown of its head there sprung a bright clear jet of light"
"Which was doubtless the occasion of its using in its duller moments, a great extinguisher for a cap"
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"What was light one instant, at another time was dark"
"Being now a thing with one arm, now with one leg, now with twenty legs, now a pair of legs without a head, now a head without a body"
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"No. Your past"
"But he had a special desire to see the spirit in his cap; and begged him to be covered"
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"Would you so soon put out, with worldly hands, the light I give?"
"Is it not enough that you are one of those whose passions made this cap, and force me through whole trains of years to wear it low upon my brow?"
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"Your reclamation then. Take heed"
"The grasp, though gentle as a woman's hand, was not to be resisted"
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"I was bred in this place. I was a boy here!"
"The spirit gazed upon him mildly"
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"Your lip is trembling... And what is that upon your cheek?"
"Scrooge muttered, with an an unusual catching in his voice, that it was a pimple; and begged the Ghost to lead him where he would"
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"'Remember it!' cried Scrooge with fervour - 'I could walk it blindfolded!'"
"Strange to have forgotten it for so many years!"
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"Why was he rejoiced beyond all bounds to see them? Why did his cold eye glisten, and his heart leap up as they went past! Why was he filled with gladness when he heard them give each other 'Merry Christmas'?"
"What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever done him?"
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"Nothing. There was a boy singing a Christmas carol at my door last night. I should like to have given him something: that's all"
"Scrooge's former self grew larger at the words"
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"She died a woman... and had, as I think, children"
"No more work tonight. Christmas Eve."
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"...In came a fiddler... In came Mrs Fezziwig... In came the three Miss Fezziwigs... In came the young men and women employed in the business"
"He rubbed his hands; adjusted his capacious waistcoat; laughed all over himself, from his shoes to his organ of benevolence; and called out in a comfortable, oily, rich, fat, jovial voice"
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'There were more dances, and there were forfeits, and more dances, and there was cake, and there was negus, and there was a great piece of Cold Roast, and there was a great piece of Cold Boiled, and there were mince-pies, and plenty of beer.'
"'A small matter,' said the Ghost, 'to make these silly folks so full of gratitude.'"
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"'Why! Is it not! He has spent but a few pounds of your mortal money: three or four perhaps. Is that so much that he deserves this praise?'"
"'He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil... The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.'"
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"'No. I should like to be able to say a word or two to my clerk just now! That's all.'"
"To you, very little. Another idol has displaced me; and if it can cheer and comfort you in time to come, as I would have tried to do, I have no just cause to grieve."
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