December 25th, 2006



I can't believe it myself, and I don't suppose that anyone who has ever given any thought to these mystic matters will believe it either, considering the tale I have been spinning in four parts for so long, but I just this moment realized that Rose is an anagram of Eros.  I feel that I have suddenly discovered something that can't have been there before.  Please don't tell anyone.


"Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. . .  

"He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!"

Or as we amend it nowadays:  God Help Us, Every One.

And waht is the Total Abstinence Principle?