A Christmas Carol
This book was one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England but, while it brings to the reader images of light, joy, warmth and life, it also brings strong and unforgettable images of darkness, despair, coldness, sadness and death
《圣诞颂歌》是英国伟大的批判现实主义作家查尔斯·狄更斯的三部圣诞小说之一，创作于1843年。其他两部为《钟声》 和《炉边的窸蟀》。主要讲的是一个吝啬鬼的故事。 一个吝啬鬼积攒了很多钱，然而他却不舍得为职员的炉火加一块儿煤，他的侄子好意的邀请他参加圣诞夜的晚会，他却认为侄子是为了沾他的便宜而推辞，社会活动者请他为穷人施舍一点圣诞的饭菜，也被他无情地断然拒绝。他晚上回到了家，夜幕里他看见了一张鬼脸，这真的是鬼？还是他的幻像？然而，鬼的出现却使他发生了天翻地覆的变化。
A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843.The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
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 door-nail.
Chapter 1-Marley's Ghost
Chapter 2-The First of the Three Spirits
Chapter 3-The Second of the Three Spirits
Chapter 4-The Last of the Spirits
Chapter 5-The End of it