Monday, January 27, 2014

a peak into the works of "A Christmas Carol"

stave 1
Annotation 1:
"The air filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went."
I folded the page because when reading this and imagining it as i continue reading just gave me the chills up and down my arms.

stave II
Annotation 2:
" He was endeavouring  to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes, when the chimes of a neighbouring church struck the four quarters."
I underlined ferret eyes because i did not understand what was meant when reading the sentence. I looked it up online and found out it means the red circle around the eyes. i wouldn't blame him for looking like that if i were in his position.

stave III
Annotation 3:
"This boy is ignorance.This girl is want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow i see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased."
I thought this was of importance because it shows the truth especially what is said about the boy. being ignorant is a bad trait to have because it leads to bad. I was searching the web for a video about ignorance and this is what i found. It looked really cute and also showed how ignorant people can be.

stave  IV
Annotation 4:
"He left the room, and went up stairs into the room above,which was lighted cheerfully, and hung with Christmas. There was a chair set close beside the child, and there were signs of some one having been there, lately. Poor Bob sat down in it, and when he had thought a little and composed himself, he kissed the little face. He was reconciled to what had happened, and went down again quite happy."
Marking this page i felt was of importance because i felt so bad for the scene that was taking place. Poor Bob must have been so devastated by losing the child and the way he would go upstairs and sit near the corpse just left me feeling sad.

stave V
Annotation 5:
" Bob trembled, and got a little nearer to the ruler. He had a momentary idea of knocking Scrooge down with it; holding him; and calling the people in the court for help and a strait-waistcoat."
I couldn't stop laughing when reading this sentence so i folded the page so i wouldn't forget where it was i found it from. Bob was not used to something like this happening that it was so absurd for him to hear that he thought knocking  him out would do the trick.


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  2. My God this is the 3rd time I tried to send this comment to you. Nevertheless, here it goes again. I thought that the passage that talks about when the bell struck the four quarters. It drove me crazy and confused. I read it, reread it, left It along, and at the very end of the book. I finally realize. It all happened in one night.

  3. Regarding the annotation in stave two, having red eyes is a sign of staying up late and distress. In the first stave when Scrooge's ex coworker comes back to him as a ghost, he wasn't a changed person yet and just kept pushing the ghost away. Even after the threat, Scrooge just falls asleep, not even staying up to ponder what had happened. I think this is a sign that already in stave two, Scrooge is starting to show he cares.