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The Plot Dickens

Looking at past posts I notice that I more often than not gravitate toward the use of a word with a "P."  I can think of no reason why this might be so, but I wonder if I were to run the numbers on old essays if I would find my whole "literary" output to be "P-heavy?"   And is this good or bad? But it also makes me wonder if this P P-reoccupation attracts me to P-rotagonists like P-eirce Moffet, to musicians like P-rokofiev, to the study of P-alindromes, to book titles like Lafferty's P-ast Master? To words that fulcrum around a P as in the phrase:  a pickle of conspicuous perplexity?"  Strange, after 60 years to discover I have always had a favorite letter!  Perhaps, it is because the first character that mesmerized me as a child was Paul the Puffin in Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather? Puffins, Persimmons, my whole life makes sense now....

"I have tasted your tripe, you know, and you can't 'chaff ' me!"  Says Alderman Cute in Dicken's Christmas story The Chimes.  I wonder now whether Dickens might have had a crush on the letter "C?"  As many know, but some do not, Dickens published five Christmas stories, and thought that each topped the last.  Readers, however, found a clear winner in A Christmas CarolThe Chimes goes much further into the evils of the "class society" and much deeper into melodrama than anything Scrooge experienced.  A real tear-jerker, but one that makes the modern reader feel halfway through, that his tears are all "jerked-out" already.

The other Christmas tales are: The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain.  All fascinating stories, and for greatly divergent reasons they all seem to fall short of our accepted favorite, the Carol.  Yet they all contain that Dickensian Christmas atmosphere.  Think of them as Christmas Carol extenders that broaden and deepen our appreciation of that perfect tale.

I wonder now whether Poe rather fancied an "N?"  More on that later in:  The Ranven Revisited.

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