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Saturday
Dec082012

The Death of Marley

           “Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.

          Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a doornail.”

--Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Picture:
"Marley's Ghost"
Wood Engraving, 1843
John Leech

Reader Comments (3)

A good author always takes a rabbit trail to bring down a cliché! Haha.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenna Quentin

It is good to hear from you, Jenna. I hope things are well with your family in France.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterP. Tippin

Yes, it has been too long! I'm trying to rearrange internet/computer priorities, however. We are well - looking forward to the opportunities Christmas brings for sharing the Good Tidings with our loved ones. Hope you all are equally well and merry Christmas!

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenna Quentin

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