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|Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1984) Feature|
"'No, no. There's father coming,' cried the two young|
Cratchits, who were everywhere at once. 'Hide, Martha, hide.'
So Martha hid herself, and in came little Bob, the father,
with at least three feet of comforter exclusive of the fringe,
hanging down before him; and his threadbare clothes darned
up and brushed, to look seasonable; and Tiny Tim upon his
shoulder. Alas for Tiny Tim, he bore a little crutch, and
had his limbs supported by an iron frame.
'Why, where's our Martha.' cried Bob Cratchit, looking round.
'Not coming,' said Mrs Cratchit.
'Not coming.' said Bob, with a sudden declension in his
high spirits; for he had been Tim's blood horse all the way
from church, and had come home rampant. 'Not coming upon
Martha didn't like to see him disappointed, if it were only
in joke; so she came out prematurely from behind the closet
door, and ran into his arms, while the two young Cratchits
hustled Tiny Tim, and bore him off into the wash-house,
that he might hear the pudding singing in the copper."
- A Christmas Carol, Stave 3: The Second of the Three Spirits