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Those darling byegone times, Mr Carker,' said Cleopatra, 'with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, and their delightful places of torture, and their romantic vengeances, and their picturesque assaults and sieges, and everything that makes life truly charming! How dreadfully we have degenerated!


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I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, wi...
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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in...
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What is the odds so long as the fire of souls is kindled at the taper of conwiviality, and the wing...
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foo...
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Mr Lorry asks the witness questions:

Ever been kicked?
Might have been.
Freque...
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There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts
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This season we wanted to sort of lighten it up and make it a little bit more transparent ... a littl...
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The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself.
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I think . . . that it is the best club in London.
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Apprehension of a painful or disagreeable recognition made me tremble. I am confident that it took n...
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Is the old min agreeable?
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My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar...
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Huge knots of sea-weed hung upon the jagged and pointed stones, trembling in every breath of wind; a...
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We forge the chains we wear in life
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There might be some credit in being jolly.
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A friendly swarry, consisting of a boiled leg of mutton with the usual trimmings.
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Bah,' said Scrooge. "Humbug!"
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An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
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Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of w...
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No one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.
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It matters little, she said, softly. "To you, very little. Another idol has displaced me; and if it ...
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Say, like those wicked Turks, there is no What's-his-name but Thingummy, and What-you-may-call-it is...
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Now, I return to this young fellow. And the communication I have got to make is, that he has great e...
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Her heart--is given him, with all its love and truth. She would joyfully die with him, or, better th...
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There were times when he could not read the face he had studied so long, and when this lonely girl w...
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He calls the knaves, Jacks, this boy! . . . And what coarse hands he has! And what thick boots!
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It's my girl that advises. She has the head. But I never own to it before her. Discipline must b...
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It is a far, far better thing that I do, than anything I have ever done; it is a far, far, better re...
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Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.
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External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chil...
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. . . in seclusion, she had secluded herself from a thousand natural and healing influences; that, h...
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For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for...
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At the great iron gate of the churchyard he stopped and looked in. He looked up at the high tower sp...
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There was no noise, no effort, no consciences in anything he did, but in everything an indescribable...
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