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Jan 25, 2022

Hello and Merry Christmas... as of today, there are only 11 months until Christmas. I can't believe we're almost to the single digits...

Ok, there's still a lot of time left until Christmas, and I'm excited to be starting season 3!

In today's episode I share with you one of Charles Dickens' Christmas short stories, but it's not as well known as it should be.

The story is called Doctor Marigold, and it tells the tale not of a physician, but of a "cheapjack". During the Victorian age, a cheapjack was someone who hawks wares from the back of a traveling wagon. They lived by their ability to talk and tell stories and convince people to buy their wares.

Doctor Marigold is a lonely man who adopts a neglected orphan girl who is also deaf and mute. Why he does it, and how he learns to communicate with her are just part of the beautiful moments in this story. The story does get dark, but the light shines brightly by the end.

Content Warning: contains mild descriptions of physical abuse of a child.

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