Sate Your Appetite for Intercourse With Spirits

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12/18/2007 3:00 PM |

For some heartwarmth this evening, WQXR hosts (including Jeff Sturgeon, who wakes me up so pleasantly each morning) will be reading Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol at The Strand at 6pm. Bring your children, bring your friends, bring your friends who are children.

There will also be wine and cheese afterward, as well as Liz Thorpe, author of Murray’s Cheese Handbook, signing that book.

To get you in the mood, here’s the famous end of that story. Spoiler alert!

“A merry Christmas, Bob,” said Scrooge, with an earnestness
that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the
back. “A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I
have given you for many a year. I’ll raise your salary, and
endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss
your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of
smoking bishop, Bob. Make up the fires, and buy another
coal-scuttle before you dot another i, Bob Cratchit!”

Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and
infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was
a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a
master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or
any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old
world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him,
but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was
wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this
globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill
of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these
would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they
should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in
less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was
quite enough for him.

He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon
the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was
always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas
well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that
be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim
observed, God Bless Us, Every One!