Come join us for the opening events at "The Dickens Project" as we share distinctly un-holiday stories in "Christmas Past."
Bryn Taleweaver will start us off with Dickens' ghostly The Signal-Man. The railway signal-man of the title tells the narrator of a ghost that has been haunting him. Each spectral appearance precedes a tragic event on the railway on which the signalman works. When there is danger, his fellow signalmen alert him by telegraph and alarms. Three times, he receives phantom warnings of danger when his bell rings in a fashion that only he can hear. Each warning is followed by the appearance of the spectre, and then by a terrible accident.
Caledonia and Kayden will follow up with Chapter 2 from Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens's second novel, it was first published as a serial 1837–39. The story centers on orphan Oliver Twist, born in a workhouse and sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker. After escaping, Twist travels to