If you're stuck in the mid-1800s like my character, Abby, you might as well try to get used to it.
And while you're at it, why not take advantage of doing things you never dreamed possible?
Why not take a stagecoach, then take a train, and meet up with Charles Dickens?
As many of you know, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, although it was titled by the author as A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.
Who can forget Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Marley's Ghost or The Three Spirits? I'd say it's pretty impossible with all the films, stage productions and even operas based on the novella. Yes, it was a very short novel.
A Christmas Carol was published on December 19th, 1843, and has never been out of print.
Okay, so if you do manage to get yourself back to the 19th century, here's what Charles Dickens looks like:
He's of average height, or slightly below, and stands erect, making himself appear taller. He keeps his dark and wiry hair long and may already have a beard and neatly trimmed moustache when you see him.
Never modest and loving praise, the famous author will probably greet you in a charming way. It's said he impresses all those he comes in contact with by his intelligence, wit and positive energy.
Dickens and his wife arrived in Halifax on January 19th, 1842 after a frigid and turbulent ocean voyage from their home country of England.
Visiting Boston first, he travelled into the United States, right into the arms of enamoured audiences who came to hear him speak.
In May of that year, he was finally able to return to Canada for a visit and stated he was pleasantly surprised by the restraint and respect the Canadian public held for him. Suffering from homesickness and travel-fatigue, he was grateful for a rest, away from the hustle and bustle he had experienced in the United States.
Dickens and his wife visited Niagara Falls, Toronto, Kingston and Montreal. He said after his brief stay, "Canada has held and always will retain a foremost place in my remembrance."
Charles Dickens made a lot of money over his lifetime, and spent most of it on his ten children. Even so, he was disappointed in them as they grew into adults, feeling they were quite average and lacked energy and drive.
Although Dickens died quite young at the age of 58 in 1870 perhaps from a stroke, he was considered second only to Shakespeare in his literary achievements; he was loved by all of society regardless of their social standing. Even Queen Victoria attended the plays Dickens wrote, directed or acted in.
And now you know.