Tag Archives: Charles

Madame Bovary

I just read Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert. I have two ongoing goals. One is to read all of the Great Books. I know all of the complaints about the Western Cannon, and I’m not following the Western Cannon exactly. I’ve read plenty of non-Western Great Books. But, I do tend to think that the […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Five, The End of It

Well, we’ve come to the end.  This stave is really more of a coda than anything else.  It is here to show us the results and nothing more.  Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning a changed man.  He is happy and friendly and truly sorry for the way he acted before.  He reconciles with his nephew […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Four, The Last of the Spirits

Of all the staves, this is probably the easiest one to get right on film.  The spirit is nothing more than a black, hooded robe with a “spectral” hand outstretched.  There are a few conversations about the death (Scrooge doesn’t realize it is his own death, but it’s obvious to the audience).  Then a scene […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Three, The Second of the Three Spirits

This marks the center of the story.  It is probably the most famous part of the story as well.  We have Scrooge travelling with the Ghost of Christmas Present.  It contains the scene in the Cratchit household where we meet Bob’s family and Tiny Tim says, “God bless us, every one!”  It also has the […]