The Seven Poor Travellers
In this remarkable work, Dickens shows that no matter how hard the times, Christmas is bound to bring back warmth and love. "The Seven Poor Travellers" is a selected piece from Dickens' Christmas writings that confirms his lasting influence upon our idea of Christmas spirit: that Christmas is a time for celebration, charity, and memory.
Gathered at Watts' Charity, a sparse yet cosy almshouse, seven travellers share stories following a Christmas Eve dinner. Marriages mixed up with blackmail, theft, and infant abandonment appear alongside dreams of nearly-free diamonds in this intriguing collection of holiday stories. The fifth Christmas number of Dickens' hugely popular periodical Household Words, and the first for which he created a unifying theme, this collection offers tales of wartime camaraderie and heroic servants from four of Dickens' respected colleagues in addition to his own contributions.
Strictly speaking, there were only six Poor Travellers; but, being a Traveller myself, though an idle one, and being withal as poor as I hope to be, I brought the number up to seven. This word of explanation is due at once, for what says the inscription over the quaint old door?
- CHAPTER I-IN THE OLD CITY OF ROCHESTER
- CHAPTER II-THE STORY OF RICHARD DOUBLEDICK
- CHAPTER III-THE ROAD