A Christmas Carol

Gli alunni della classe 4 C Linguistico, coordinati e guidati dalla prof. Ardolino Rosemarie, ci presentano un altro grande classico della tradizione natalizia, nonchè della Letteratura inglese.

Voci: Teresa De Riggi, Marzia Napolitano, Giulia Di Roberto, Annachiara Della Pietra – testi a cura della prof. Rosemarie Ardolino – editing: Marzia Napolitano

TESTO

PRESENTER: A Christmas Carol is a story written by the English writer Charles Dickens, published for the first time on December 19, 1843. He drew inspiration from various traditional Christmas stories and his own childhood experiences. The book was immediately a success: 6,000 copies were sold only in the first week!

Charles Dickens appeals for all the good in the world to be brought to light. He wants people to be aware of the difficulties the less fortunate of us have to deal with on a daily basis. My classmates now will act out some parts taken from the story. Hope you enjoy it!

SCROOGE: I live in such a world of fools. Merry Christmas! Out upon merry Christmas! What’s Christmas time to you a time for finding yourself a year old, and not an hour richer; If I could work my will every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!

NARRATOR: Mr. Scrooge receives the visit of three Spirits. Yet he fears one the most.

SCROOGE: I am in the presence of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not happened, but will happen. I fear you more than any spectre I have seen.

NARRATOR: They reached an iron gate, a churchyard. The Spirit stood among the graves, and pointed down to One.

SCROOGE: Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point, answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be?

NARRATOR: Scrooge crept towards it, trembling as he went; and following the finger, read upon the stone of the neglected grave his own name, Ebenezer Scrooge.

SCROOGE: No, Spirit. Oh no, no. Spirit, hear me. I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life.

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. The Spirits shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone.’

NARRATOR: Scrooge suddenly woke up.

SCROOGE: It’s Christmas Day. I haven’t missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night.

NARRATOR: He was early at the office to catch Bob Cratchit coming late.

SCROOGE: What do you mean by coming here at this time of day.

BOB: I am very sorry, sir, I am behind my time.

SCROOGE: You are. Step this way, sir, if you please.

BOB: It’s only once a year, sir, It shall not be repeated.

SCROOGE: Now, I’ll tell you what, my friend, I am not going to stand this sort of thing any longer. And therefore, I am about to raise your salary. A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you for many a year. I’ll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family.

NARRATOR: Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh; He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. 

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