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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:40:56 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

     Gina Delfonzo <[log in to unmask]> offers a contextually 
reasonable reply to

John D. Huston's query:                                                 

I’ve always liked that line, myself! I think it’s meant to convey that 
as scary as the spirit was, it really was benevolent.

Scrooge’s words “your nature intercedes for me, and pities me” show that he senses this is true.

Gina Dalfonzo

> On Nov 29, 2016, at 10:48 PM, Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Friends of the Dickens Forum,
>    John D. Huston <[log in to unmask]> is puzzled by a line in "A Christmas Carol": (pjm)
> After 25 seasons of touring Dickens' solo "A Christmas Carol" there is a line which while I don't perform it still niggles at the back of my mind. Scrooge in the "dismal wretched ruinous church yard" and pleading for a second chance says, "Good Spirit...Your nature intercedes for me, and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life." Dickens then tells us that, "The kind hand trembled." The adjective has always puzzled me. Why "kind"? Is Dickens merely adumbrating Scrooge's redemption - how I've always interpreted it - or am I missing something deeper and more sublime? Thank you all in advance. - John D. Huston
>> "It is so hard to make a neat job of killing people with whom one is not on friendly terms." Kind Hearts and Coronets