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Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain. The mention of Marley's funeral brings me back to the point I started from.

There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet's Father died before the play began, there would be nothing more remarkable in his taking a stroll at night, in an easterly wind, upon his own ramparts, than there would be in any other middle-aged gentleman rashly turning out after dark in a breezy spot--say Saint Paul's Churchyard for instance--literally to astonish his son's weak mind.

Scrooge never painted out Old Marley's name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: The firm was known as Scrooge and Marley. Sometimes people new to the business called Scrooge Scrooge, and sometimes Marley, but he answered to both names: Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.

The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas. External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge.

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No warmth could warm, nor wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn't know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect.

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As for the other features of this edition, the critical apparatus comparing differences in various editions that appeared within Dickens' lifetime is unlikely to interest anyone other than specialists, but there are other, more helpful features for the general reader. There is a very good introduction to the Chancery Court oddly missing from the Modern Library edition -- which otherwise uses the same base text and contains the same annotations if you need a hardback edition , some helpful primary documents about some of the topics that inform the novel, and like all Norton Critical Editions a small sampling of excerpts from critical essays usually several decades old which are sometimes interesting, but almost always superseded by more recent scholarship.

The trade paperback binding is flexible and durable --allowing you to lay the open book on a flat surface without immediately cracking the spine.

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You could even read it this way so long as you're not doing silly things like mashing the book completely flat. Though the pages might be fractionally thinner than some may prefer, it does help to keep the bulk down in such a lengthy novel saving shelf space, as well as making it easier to handle while reading. The type is high enough contrast with the page so as not to cause undue eyestrain, and the font is not minuscule to save space.

This edition does include the illustrations by Phiz Hablot Browne , which are essential as far as I am concerned. I would avoid non-trade paperbacks good luck not cracking the spine for such a long novel , cheaply bound trades that are likely to begin falling apart after one reading, or hardbacks that don't include at least cursory notes unless you really are buying more for the look and feel -- I would suggest the leather spines and sewn bindings of the Nonesuch for this.

Prime Video Verified Purchase. This was the early 's. How could one expect it Not to be bleak, although the house, Bleak House, is the antithesis of bleak. A great "series" and pretty realistic. I've read a few reviewers talk about Downtown Abbey as good but Bleak House as dark and bleak.

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It's the 's and if you didn't have money life was pretty horrendous. Downton Abbey, although a favorite, it is very detailed and realistic for the rich, with little to no realistic reflection of the details of poverty other than what's shown of the downstairs workers. Gillian is good but has the same 3 looks used over and over. I get she's lived a tortured life and has made decisions, i. The other characters are far more interesting only because they've fleshed out their characters.

Sadly I was unaware of the history and although I knew it was Season 1 in , I believed there was a Season 2. So, I'd not realized when it's done, it's done. It should really be presented as a Mini-series. I won't ruin it for those who haven't seen it, so I'll only say I really liked watching however I thought the last minutes could have been done better.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Oh, the beauty and the agony tears at me as I think about this stunning story. The characters are vivid and the settings so well written that I was transported to the graveyard alongside young Pip and his convict, fear streaking through me as it was for that small boy torn by a near-impossible decision. I can feel the fire on my skin and taste hot metal on the back of my tongue. The love, the heartbreak and the lessons still hold true today. Some choices, once made, can leave long-reaching scars on the hearts of those we never knew we touched.

A good deed can ripple through time to places never imagined. The consequences of our actions must be accounted for, and there will always be outcomes we could never have anticipated. The deliciously-satisfying prose is the whipped cream on the proverbial sundae that is Dickens. The plot and subplots and sub-subplots are astounding! He has you, and you sigh with the perfection of it all.

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Some chapters really have nothing to do with the story about Nickolas and his family; the coincidences are really implausible, and sometimes it seems that Dickens can not really figure out what to do. One bad guy is killed in a duel that has nothing to do with the plot. At least he did not have a piano fall on him.

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But for all that, Dickens is one of the world's great story-tellers and you will find yourself wanting to know what is going to happen to Nicholas and his family as they go through some really bad years of their lives. They all live happily ever after. Also, you will learn a lot about London in the early to middle 19th century. It is entertaining and well worth reading.

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