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|Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1938) Feature|
"Scrooge looked at the Ghost, and with a mournful|
shaking of his head, glanced anxiously towards the door.
It opened; and a little girl, much younger than the boy,
came darting in, and putting her arms about his neck, and
often kissing him, addressed him as her 'Dear, dear brother.'
I have come to bring you home, dear brother.' said the
child, clapping her tiny hands, and bending down to laugh.
'To bring you home, home, home.'
'Home, little Fan.' returned the boy.
'Yes.' said the child, brimful of glee. 'Home, for good
and all. Home, for ever and ever. Father is so much kinder
than he used to be, that home's like Heaven. He spoke so
gently to me one dear night when I was going to bed, that
I was not afraid to ask him once more if you might come
home; and he said Yes, you should; and sent me in a coach
to bring you. And you're to be a man.' said the child,
opening her eyes,' and are never to come back here; but
first, we're to be together all the Christmas long, and
have the merriest time in all the world.'"
- A Christmas Carol, Stave 2: The First of the Three Spirits