I was gifted a limited edition 1935 publication of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” this past week:
I opened up to the first page to read the well known opening line:
“Marley was dead: to begin with”
Dickens punctuated the sentence with a colon: deliberately of course, for reasons left up to reader interpretation.
I was disappointed when I saw that the publisher had replaced the colon with a comma.
Probably in their short sighted attempt to bring the book up to date with modern English standards for punctuation.
It took something away from the meaning and purpose for me personally.
So, I’m going to write to this publisher and ask why they did it.
I’m sure they won’t respond.
I am gifted a 1939 Book of Yours:
A Christmas Carol, by Dickens:
I open to read the famous first line:
Marley was dead: to begin with.
Punctuated with an enigmatic colon:
In yours, a comma has replaced the colon,
— Levi B (@TheFiddler7) December 19, 2018
Maybe you ask, why this post on a sugar addiction blog?
Frankly, I don’t need to answer that question. I assume I can write what I want to. I don’t have any other personal blog or instagram. So, when I want to share something, I might as well do it here.
And not that this is just a sugar blog. It can be anything. Lifestyle? Sure, why not.
And maybe it does fit. Consider this interpretation.
Marley was Dead: To begin with.
Why the colon? To separate the ideas. Marley was dead, but only to begin with. Than Dickens shows how he can be redeemed. Through goodwill towards his fellow men. Looking out for the lonely. Cheering up the sad. Lending to the poor.
A soul is never dead. Redemption is right around the corner.