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|Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1938) Feature|
"He turned it gently, and sidled his face in, round the door.|
They were looking at the table (which was spread out in
great array); for these young housekeepers are always nervous
on such points, and like to see that everything is right.
'Fred.' said Scrooge.
Dear heart alive, how his niece by marriage started.
Scrooge had forgotten, for the moment, about her sitting
in the corner with the footstool, or he wouldn't have done
it, on any account.
'Why bless my soul.' cried Fred, 'who's that.'
'It's I. Your uncle Scrooge. I have come to dinner.
Will you let me in, Fred.'
Let him in. It is a mercy he didn't shake his arm off.
He was at home in five minutes. Nothing could be heartier.
His niece looked just the same. So did Topper when he
came. So did the plump sister when she came. So did
every one when they came. Wonderful party, wonderful
games, wonderful unanimity, wonderful happiness."
- A Christmas Carol, Stave 5: The End of It