Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

I have endeavoured in this ghostly little book, to raise the ghost of an idea, which shall not put my readers out of humor with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Their faithful friend and servant, C. D. December, 1843.

Stave One: Marley's Ghost.

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Audio Files 128Kbps MP3 Ogg Vorbis 64Kbps MP3
A Christmas Carol - Stave 1 35.3 MB 25.6 MB 17.7 MB
A Christmas Carol - Stave 2 32.2 MB 23.7 MB 16.1 MB
A Christmas Carol - Stave 3 42.2 MB 30.3 MB 21.1 MB
A Christmas Carol - Stave 4 28.7 MB 20.2 MB 14.4 MB
A Christmas Carol - Stave 5 11.5 MB 8.1 MB 5.8 MB

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Artist/Composer: Charles Dickens
Date: 2007-01-30
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; fiction; christmas; charles dickens; scrooge; tiny tim; cratchett; ghosts
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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