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|Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1999) Feature|
"`What place is this.' asked Scrooge.|
`A place where Miners live, who labour in the bowels of
the earth,' returned the Spirit. `But they know me. See.'
A light shone from the window of a hut, and swiftly they
advanced towards it. Passing through the wall of mud and
stone, they found a cheerful company assembled round a
glowing fire. An old, old man and woman, with their
children and their children's children, and another generation
beyond that, all decked out gaily in their holiday attire.
The old man, in a voice that seldom rose above the howling
of the wind upon the barren waste, was singing them a
Christmas song -- it had been a very old song when he was a
boy -- and from time to time they all joined in the chorus.
So surely as they raised their voices, the old man got quite
blithe and loud; and so surely as they stopped, his vigour
- A Christmas Carol, Stave 3: The Second of the Three Spirits