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|Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1984) Feature|
"'Oh, I have.' said Scrooge's nephew. 'I am sorry for|
him; I couldn't be angry with him if I tried. Who suffers
by his ill whims. Himself, always. Here, he takes it into
his head to dislike us, and he won't come and dine with us.
What's the consequence. He don't lose much of a dinner.'
'Indeed, I think he loses a very good dinner,' interrupted
Scrooge's niece. Everybody else said the same, and they
must be allowed to have been competent judges, because
they had just had dinner; and, with the dessert upon the
table, were clustered round the fire, by lamplight.
'Well. I'm very glad to hear it,' said Scrooge's nephew,
'because I haven't great faith in these young housekeepers.
What do you say, Topper.'
Topper had clearly got his eye upon one of Scrooge's niece's
sisters, for he answered that a bachelor was a wretched outcast,
who had no right to express an opinion on the subject.
Whereat Scrooge's niece's sister -- the plump one with the lace
tucker: not the one with the roses -- blushed."
- A Christmas Carol, Stave 2: The First of the Three Spirits