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Friday, December 10, 2010

A Christmas Carol

(A Christmas Carol, 1951, the best film
version of Charles Dickens’ novella, starring
Alastair Sim, in black & white, not colorized)

Why read the book? Just watch the movie or check out this Cliffs Notes summary in poetic form, found in How to Become Ridiculously Well-Read in One Evening, edited by E. O. Parrott.


by Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge
Was nobody’s stooge;
It drove him into one of his rages
When somebody asked for more wages.

Bob Cratchit
Was especially liable to catch it
For expecting his pay
To cover Christmas Day.

But a series of Christmas specters,
Acting as Scrooge’s spiritual directors,
Asked him, who was the cripple: Tiny Tim?
Or him?

And suddenly he became a hearty
Benefactor at the Cratchits’ Christmas party.
Trade unions may boast,
But the best negotiator is a ghost.

~ Paul Griffin, English poet

1 comment:

GretchenJoanna said...

I love it!

And next week I get to see what is becoming a yearly performance of "A Christmas Carol" enacted by the youth of a local church. I'll have to give them a copy of the poem in case they haven't already seen it.

Thanks, Maria!