A Christmas Carol (Enriched Classics) by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

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In this vintage, heart-warming story, 4 ghostly visitors educate precious classes to an previous miser. Ebenezer Scrooge, a egocentric, crotchety skinflint, spends his days counting cash and grousing, “Bah Humbug!” Scrooge doesn’t deal with an individual except himself. even if, on Christmas Eve, he's visited via his accomplice Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas prior, Christmas current, and xmas but to come back, who educate him approximately benevolence, charity, and goodwill.

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I suggest that the new arrangement or derangement Eliza Wilson and Walter Bagehot confront as they stand on the brink of marriage is intensified by the economic crisis within which they prepare for the frightening – in Victorian terms – secret, sexual rites performed on the wedding night. In the Gothic tradition, the said rites held the seeds of future economic and social consolidation as well as possible future madness. In a similar vein, banking crises had come to be viewed as ‘‘fevers’’ necessarily recycling through the period at ten-year intervals that brought madness and, ostensibly, eventual catharsis and stability.

If marriage was the Victorian middle-class woman’s profession, she was entirely economically dependent upon the groom, in whom, in a horrifying metaphor, she would become legally submerged according to the law of coverture. If the capitalist economic cycle was never stable for anyone, it presented the Victorian wife – who became legally non-existent upon marriage – with potentially terrifying economic (in)security. To be sure, marrying in the midst of economic crisis produced some anxiety on Bagehot’s part.

Himself. Remarking that previous to 1819 ‘‘self-styled practical’’ men ‘‘imperfectly apprehended’’ the economy but were ‘‘the popular oracles of the day,’’ Overstone forcefully distinguishes between those men with ‘‘practical knowledge’’ and ‘‘those who are sometimes sneeringly denominated philosophers and abstract reasoners,’’ the skilled economists of whom he counts himself one. Referring to pre-1819 as ‘‘the dark age of currency,’’ Loyd asserts that a watershed moment occurred with the 1819 Reports of the Select Committees of both Houses of Parliament.

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