A group of friends met at the apartment of local resident Susan Jersak this past week for the reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The novella was written in 1843.
The shared recital was Susan’s 75th consecutive year reading A Christmas Carol; a tradition that began as a family favourite when Susan was a child in Ontario.
Jacob Marley is a fictional character who appears in A Christmas Carol. He is Scrooge’s deceased business partner, now a chained and tormented ghost, damned to wander the earth forevermore as punishment for his greedy, selfish and uncaring attitude towards humankind. Marley roams restlessly, witnessing the hardships others suffer and lamenting that he has lost his chance to help them forever. Through unknown means, it is Marley who arranges for the three spirits to visit Scrooge and give him his opportunity for redemption, which Marley tells him was ‘a chance and hope of my procuring.”
Wolf Goudriaan quoting Fozziwig: “My speech. Here’s my Christmas speech. Ahem…”Thank you all, and Merry Christmas.”