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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

[Illustration: _"How now?" said Scrooge, caustic and cold as ever. "What do you want with me?"_]

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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BY

CHARLES DICKENS

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ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM

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J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK

FIRST PUBLISHED 1915

REPRINTED 1923, 1927, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973

ISBN: 0-397-00033-2

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN

PREFACE

I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their house pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Their faithful Friend and Servant,

C. D.

_December, 1843._

CHARACTERS

Bob Cratchit, clerk to Ebenezer Scrooge. Peter Cratchit, a son of the preceding. Tim Cratchit ("Tiny Tim"), a cripple, youngest son of Bob Cratchit. Mr. Fezziwig, a kind-hearted, jovial old merchant. Fred, Scrooge's nephew. Ghost of Christmas Past, a phantom showing things past. Ghost of Christmas Present, a spirit of a kind, generous, and hearty nature. Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, an apparition showing the shadows of things which yet may happen. Ghost of Jacob Marley, a spectre of Scrooge's former partner in business. Joe, a marine-store dealer and receiver of stolen goods. Ebenezer Scrooge, a grasping, covetous old man, the surviving partner of the firm of Scrooge and Marley. Mr. Topper, a bachelor. Dick Wilkins, a fellow apprentice of Scrooge's.

Belle, a comely matron, an old sweetheart of Scrooge's. Caroline, wife of one of Scrooge's debtors. Mrs. Cratchit, wife of Bob Cratchit. Belinda and Martha Cratchit, daughters of the preceding.

Mrs. Dilber, a laundress. Fan, the sister of Scrooge. Mrs. Fezziwig, the worthy partner of Mr. Fezziwig.

CONTENTS

STAVE ONE--MARLEY'S GHOST 3 STAVE TWO--THE FIRST OF THE THREE SPIRITS 37 STAVE THREE--THE SECOND OF THE THREE SPIRITS 69 STAVE FOUR--THE LAST OF THE SPIRITS 111 STAVE FIVE--THE END OF IT 137

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

_IN COLOUR_

"How now?" said Scrooge, caustic and cold as ever. "What do you want with me?" _Frontispiece_

Bob Cratchit went down a slide on Cornhill, at the end of a lane of boys, twenty times, in honour of its being Christmas Eve 16

Nobody under the bed; nobody in the closet; nobody in his dressing-gown, which was hanging up in a suspicious attitude against the wall 20


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