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~Welcome to Part Three of A Christmas Carol, a seasonal entry in our series of audio adventures, Tales for Our Time.
This Charles Dickens classic was introduced to the world the week before Christmas 1843, and has never been out of print. In tonight's episode Ebenezer Scrooge comes face to spectral face with the first of the three ghosts:
"Are you the Spirit, sir, whose coming was foretold to me?" asked Scrooge.
The voice was soft and gentle. Singularly low, as if instead of being so close beside him, it were at a distance.
"Who, and what are you?" Scrooge demanded.
"I am the Ghost of Christmas Past."
"Long Past?" inquired Scrooge: observant of its dwarfish stature.
"No. Your past."
Parts One and Two can be found here - and if you've only joined in recent days and missed our earlier serials (Conan Doyle's The Tragedy of the Korosko, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, H G Wells' The Time Machine, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda, Mark Steyn's The Prisoner of Windsor, and dozens more), you can find them all here. A Founding Member from our very first day, Jean-Paul Jean writes:
Your introduction is the better part of the program when the listener is already familiar with the story. The history of its creation is marvelous to learn.
Thank you, Jean-Paul. I enjoy doing those introductions. If you're a Club member who's yet to settle down with this latest audio serialisation, you can find my Christmas Carol intro, along with the first episode, here.
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