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sprinklings of the Spirit’s torch at parting; Scrooge had his eye on upon them, and especially on Tiny Tim, until
the last.

[By this time it was getting dark, and snowing pretty fast heavily; and as they Scrooge and the Spirit went
along the streets, the gleaning brightness of roaring the roaring fires in kitchens, parlors, and all sorts of rooms, [were]
was wonderful. Here, the flickering of the blaze shewed preparations for a cosy dinner,
with deep red curtains hot plates [heating] baking through and through before the fire, and
deep red curtains ready to be drawn to shut out cold and darkness. There all the children
of the house were running out into the snow to meet the married sisters, brothers,
cousins, uncles, aunts, and be the first to greet them. Here again,[??ry] were shadows on
the window-blind of children dancing guests assembling in a group; and there,
of people gathered ???? near neighbour’s young damsels a group of handsome girls, all hooded and fur-booted
and all chattering laughing [musically] chattering at once, tripped lightly through the off
[snow] to some near neighbour’s house; where, wo upon the single man who saw
them enter—artful witches; well they knew it—in a glow a bright[-eyed] glow! The ?? ??? ???? ???? ????- The ??? ????? ???
????y in one place or another for the ??? ns [But But as people going to p??t??? if you had judged from the ????? numbers of people on their way to friendly gatherings
you might have thought that no one was at home to give them welcome when they got there, instead of every house expecting company, and piling up its fires half chimney high. Blessings on it, how the Ghost exulted! How it swung its torch, and bared its breadth of breast, and opened its capacious palm, and floated on, outpouring, with a generous hand, its bright and harmless fire on everything within its reach! The very lamplighter, who ran on before dotting the dusky street with specks of light, and who was dressed to spend the evening somewhere, laughed out loudly, as the Spirit passed: though little kenned the Lamplighter than he had any company but Christmas!

And now, without a word of warning from the Ghost, they stood upon a bleak and desert moor, where monstrous masses of rude stone were cast about, as though it were the burial-place of giants; and water spread itself wheresoever it listed— or would have done so, but for the frost that held it prisoner—and nothing grew but moss and furze, and coarse rank grass. Down in the West the setting sun had left a streak of fiery red, which glared upon the desolation for an instant, like a sullen eye, and frowning lower, lower, lower yet, was lost in the thick gloom of darkest night.

“What place is this?” asked Scrooge.

“A place where miners live, who labour in the bowels of the Earth,” returned the Spirit. “But they know me. See!”

A light shone from the window of a hut, and swiftly they advanced towards it. Passing through the wall of mud and stone, they found a cheerful company assem¬bled round a glowing fire. An old, old man and woman, with their children, and

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sprinklings of the Spirit’s torch at parting; Scrooge had his eye on upon them, and especially on Tiny Tim, until
the last.

[By this time it was getting dark, and snowing pretty fast heavily; and as they Scrooge and the Spirit went
along the streets, the gleaning brightness of roaring the roaring fires in kitchens, parlors, and all sorts of rooms, [were]
was wonderful. Here, the flickering of the blaze shewed preparations for a cosy dinner,
with deep red curtains hot plates [heating] baking through and through before the fire, and
deep red curtains ready to be drawn to shut out cold and darkness. There all the children
of the house were running out into the snow to meet the married sisters, brothers,
cousins, uncles, aunts, and be the first to greet them. Here again,[??ry] were shadows on
the window-blind of children dancing guests assembling in a group; and there,
of people gathered ???? near neighbour’s young damsels a group of handsome girls, all hooded and fur-booted
and all chattering laughing [musically] chattering at once, tripped lightly through the off
[snow] to some near neighbour’s house; where, wo upon the single man who saw
them enter—artful witches; well they knew it—in a glow a bright[-eyed] glow!

But if you had judged from the numbers of people on their way to friendly gath¬erings, you might have thought that no one was at home to give them welcome when they got there, instead of every house expecting company, and piling up its fires half chimney high. Blessings on it, how the Ghost exulted! How it swung its torch, and bared its breadth of breast, and opened its capacious palm, and floated on, outpouring, with a generous hand, its bright and harmless fire on everything within its reach! The very lamplighter, who ran on before dotting the dusky street with specks of light, and who was dressed to spend the evening somewhere, laughed out loudly, as the Spirit passed: though little kenned the Lamplighter than he had any company but Christmas!

And now, without a word of warning from the Ghost, they stood upon a bleak and desert moor, where monstrous masses of rude stone were cast about, as though it were the burial-place of giants; and water spread itself wheresoever it listed— or would have done so, but for the frost that held it prisoner—and nothing grew but moss and furze, and coarse rank grass. Down in the West the setting sun had left a streak of fiery red, which glared upon the desolation for an instant, like a sullen eye, and frowning lower, lower, lower yet, was lost in the thick gloom of darkest night.

“What place is this?” asked Scrooge.

“A place where miners live, who labour in the bowels of the Earth,” returned the Spirit. “But they know me. See!”

A light shone from the window of a hut, and swiftly they advanced towards it. Passing through the wall of mud and stone, they found a cheerful company assem¬bled round a glowing fire. An old, old man and woman, with their children, and