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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1999) Feature


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Elizabeth Spriggs - Liz Smith

Laundress and Charlady

"Scrooge and the Phantom came into the presence of this
man, just as a woman with a heavy bundle slunk into the
shop. But she had scarcely entered, when another woman,
similarly laden, came in too; and she was closely followed by
a man in faded black, who was no less startled by the sight
of them, than they had been upon the recognition of each
other. After a short period of blank astonishment, in which
the old man with the pipe had joined them, they all three
burst into a laugh.
'Let the charwoman alone to be the first.' cried she who
had entered first. 'Let the laundress alone to be the second;
and let the undertaker's man alone to be the third. Look
here, old Joe, here's a chance. If we haven't all three met
here without meaning it.'"

   - A Christmas Carol, Stave 4: The Last of the Spirits

  • The character of the laundress Mrs. Riggs (left) is performed by Elizabeth Spriggs
  • The character of the charlady Mrs. Dilber (right) is performed by Liz Smith
  • Liz Smith also played Mrs. Dilber in the 1984 television version of A Christmas Carol
  • To be consistent with the book, Mrs. Dilber should be the laundress, and the charlady should be the one selling Scrooge's curtains

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