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Christmas Carol Vocab
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Scrooge could not feel it himself, but this was clearly the case; for though the Ghost sat perfectly motionless, its hair, and skirts, and tassels, were still ___________ as by the hot vapour from an oven.
At this the spirit raised a frightful cry, and shook its chain with such a dismal and _________ noise, that Scrooge held on tight to his chair, to save himself from falling in a swoon.
The Ghost, on hearing this, set up another cry, and clanked its chain so hideously in the dead silence of the night, that the Ward would have been _________in indicting it for a nuisance.
Not to know that no space of regret can make _________ for one life's opportunity misused!
"That is no light part of my__________," pursued the Ghost.
He_________ everything, remembered everything, enjoyed everything, and underwent the strangest agitation.
"It isn't that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a _________.
His face had not the harsh and rigid lines of later years; but it had begun to wear the signs of care and _________.
I have seen your nobler ____________ fall off one by one, until the master-passion, Gain, engrosses you. Have I not?
In the struggle, if that can be called a struggle in which the Ghost with no visible resistance on its own part was undisturbed by any effort of its ______________, Scrooge observed that its light was burning high and bright; and dimly connecting that with its influence over him, he seized the extinguisher-cap, and by a sudden action pressed it down upon its head.
A waking in the middle of a ____________ tough snore, and sitting up in bed to get his thoughts together, Scrooge had no occasion to be told that the bell was again upon the stroke of One.
All this time, he lay upon his bed, the very core and centre of a blaze of ruddy light, which streamed upon it when the clock proclaimed the hour; and which, being only light, was more alarming than a dozen ghosts, as he was powerless to make out what it meant, or would be at; and was sometimes apprehensive that he might be at that very moment an interesting case of spontaneous combustion, without having the ____________ of knowing it.
The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there; and such a mighty blaze went roaring up the chimney, as that dull petrifaction of a ________ had never known in Scrooge's time, or Marley's, or for many and many a winter season gone.
This garment hung so loosely on the figure, that its capacious breast was bare, as if disdaining to be warded or concealed by any __________.
The house fronts looked black enough, and the windows blacker, contrasting with the smooth white sheet of snow upon the roofs, and with the dirtier snow upon the ground; which last deposit had been ploughed up in deep furrows by the heavy wheels of carts and wagons; furrows that crossed and recrossed each other hundreds of times where the great streets branched off, and made ___________channels, hard to trace in the thick yellow mud and icy water.
When Scrooge's nephew laughed in this way: holding his sides, rolling his head, and twisting his face into the most extravagant _____________: Scrooge's niece, by marriage, laughed as heartily as he.
Who suffers by his ill _______?
Scrooge's nephew___________ in another laugh, and as it was impossible to keep the infection off; though the plump sister tried hard to do it with aromatic vinegar; his example was unanimously followed.
But being thoroughly good-natured, and not much caring what they laughed at, so that they laughed at any rate, he encouraged them in their ___________, and passed the bottle joyously.
If you had fallen up against him (as some of them did), on purpose, he would have made a feint of endeavouring to seize you, which would have been an __________ to your understanding, and would instantly have sidled off in the direction of the plump sister.
"I ain't so fond of his company that I'd __________ about him for such things, if he did.
As they sat grouped about their spoil, in the scanty light afforded by the old man's lamp, he viewed them with a _______________and disgust, which could hardly have been greater, though they demons, marketing the corpse itself.
A pale light, rising in the outer air, fell straight upon the bed; and on it, plundered and _________, unwatched, unwept, uncared for, was the body of this man.
Oh cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar here, and dress it with such terrors as thou hast at thy command: for this is thy _____________.
He sat down to the dinner that had been ____________ for him by the fire; and when she asked him faintly what news (which was not until after a long silence), he appeared embarrassed how to answer.
The chuckle with which he said this, and the chuckle with which he paid for the Turkey, and the chuckle with which he paid for the cab, and the chuckle with which he _____________ the boy, were only to be exceeded by the chuckle with which he sat down breathless in his chair again, and chuckled till he cried.
And Scrooge said often afterwards, that of all the __________ sounds he had ever heard, those were the___________ in his ears.
He turned it gently, and ________ his face in, round the door.
Wonderful party, wonderful games, wonderful ___________, won-der-ful happiness!
I'll raise your salary, and________________ to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob. Make up the fires, and buy another coal-scuttle before you dot another i, Bob Cratchit!"
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