Dickens–190–A Present? For Me!

Heather

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  1. I disagree with your comment that Scrooge continues to think of things in monetary terms through this episode. If your comment is based on the use of the word “profit,” I think it is we who have become so obsessed with the economic value of things that we have narrowed the meaning of this word down to merely financial gain. Look at how “profit” is used in the King James Bible; Mark 8:36 (“What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul”) is the example that came first to my mind, but is far from the only one that could be quoted. I think Dickens is using the word in its fuller sense of “anything that improves a person’s life”; if we read it more narrowly it is a commentary on us rather than Scrooge.

  2. tinuviel says:

    Regarding sabbatarianism, my home state of Texas had “blue laws” in place to some extent even through the 1980s. Nice restaurants with table service and I think also grocery stores were closed on Sundays, though fast food places still opened. The only remnant in my community now is a ban on alcohol sales on Sundays before noon.

    Wikipedia’s article on this contemporary North American sabbatarianism is here–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_law.

  1. December 24, 2012

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