Marriages mixed with blackmail, theft, and infant abandonment appear alongside dreams of nearly-free diamonds in this intriguing collection of holiday stories The fifth Christmas number of Dickens' hugely popular periodical "Household Words," and the first for which he created a unifying theme, this collection offers tales of wartime camaraderie and heroic servants. Included are stories from four of Dickens' respected colleagues--Wilkie Collins, Adelaide Proctor, George Sala, and Eliza Linton--in addition to his own contributions. Gathered at Watts' Charity--a sparse yet cozy almshouse--seven diverse travelers share fantastic stories following a Christmas Eve dinner.
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