Dark Origins – The Chimes, A Goblin Story: a novella by Charles Dickens

My Dark Origins article for March is a discussion about The Chimes, A Goblin Story by Charles Dickens. Thanks for hosting Kaye Lynne Booth.

Writing to be Read

I have been participating in a Dickens Readathon which is being hosted by by Marsha Ingrao from Always Write blog (this is her latest post for the challenge:https://alwayswrite.blog/2023/02/13/dickenschallenge-novella-4-the-battle-of-life/); Trent McDonald from Trent’s world (https://trentsworld.blog/2023/02/07/the-third-annual-dickens-challenge-a-triple-threat/) and Yvette Prior (https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/2023/02/09/five-novella-descriptions-2023-dickenschallenge-read-one-novella-by-june-9th-post-2/).

I have recently read The Chimes, a Dickens novella which was first published in 1844, one year after the well known A Christmas Carol. It’s social critisism perfectly suited my criteria for Dark Origins posts and I decided to share my thoughts and research on this novella for my March Dark Origins post.

The story involves the disillusionment of Toby “Trotty” Veck, a poor working-class man who works as a casual messenger or ‘ticket-porter’. Dickens goes to great lengths at the beginning of the story to detail Trotty’s poverty as per the following description:

Making, with his leaky shoes, a crooked line of slushy footprints…

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17 thoughts on “Dark Origins – The Chimes, A Goblin Story: a novella by Charles Dickens

  1. What a fantastic post, Robbie. I have never heard of this story from the great man himself. Thank you for telling me about it. I read the snippets you had on here and they certainly caught my attention. I’ve tended to become complacent with Dickens over the years. At one stage I had a large collection of his better-known novels I was keeping for my granddaughter. Now you have jogged my memory, I can’t remember what happened to them! Oh well, I had better start looking.

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    1. Hi Danny, I think it is great you were keeping your Dickens books for your granddaughter. My mom had a lovely collection and she sold them. I am still pained.I have subsequently acquired my own collection but the are not leather bound. I have enjoyed the novellas I’ve read to date and look forward to the last one.

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