Title: A Few Twigs He Left Behind
Author: Gregory Maguire
In: Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Christmas, Gaslamp
Dates read: 31st October 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: “My Caroline will feed them up a good meal as befits the day, happy as it is while being now tainted with sadness, and in all its anniversaries to come, forever more.”
Have you ever wondered what happened after Scrooge saw the light? What his life was like after the events of Christmas Carol? Well, wonder no more!
A Christmas Carol is one of my favourite Christmas tales. Like many others the world round… and for good reason. So it was kind of fun to read a short story which takes place ten years after the events that took hold of Scrooge one fateful Christmas. Not only does he have a great new purpose in life, but he has children and a great, giving spirit.
I do love stories which feature a happily-ever-after. Life doesn’t often deliver that, so it’s nice to read about it. The non-messy, everything tied up neatly endings to a tale. But, sometimes it’s also nice to have a tale that takes place after the happily-ever-after. A story that tells you that all the good that was imbued into Scrooge actually lasted until his death and continued to flow through his life and family.
The main question that this story asks is – can ten years of good living lead to atonement? After a life of misery, can we truly remove the chains because of a late in life change of heart? It’s a question that’s going to keep lingering with me long after I’ve turned the final page on the Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells collection.