Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Dickens – 'e's Not Just For Christmas

Indelibly associated with the English Christmas, Charles Dickens had a word or two to say at New Year, too. Here’s Trotty from The Chimes (1844)…



“‘Why! Lord!’ said Toby. ‘The Papers is full of obserwations as it is; and so’s the Parliament. Here’s last week’s paper, now;’ taking a very dirty one from his pocket, and holding it from him at arm’s length; ‘full of obserwations! Full of obserwations! I like to know the news as well as any man,’ said Toby, slowly; folding it a little smaller, and putting it in his pocket again: ‘but it almost goes against the grain with me to read a paper now. It frightens me almost. I don’t know what we poor people are coming to. Lord send we may be coming to something better in the New Year nigh upon us!’”



And while “God bless us every one!” may be the more famous cry (published a year earlier in 1843), we wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR with these closing lines from The Chimes:


“‘I couldn’t rest on the last night of the Old Year without coming to wish you joy. I couldn’t have done it, Meg. Not if I had been bed-ridden. So here I am…’

So may the New Year be a happy one to you, happy to many more whose happiness depends on you! So may each year be happier than the last, and not the meanest of our brethren or sisterhood debarred their rightful share, in what our Great Creator formed them to enjoy.”





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