Holiday Romance and Other Writings for Children by Charles Dickens

Opening: This beginning-part is not made out of anybody’s head, you know. It’s real. You must believe this beginning-part more than what comes after, else you won’t understand how what comes after came to be written. You must believe it all; but you must believe this most, please. I am the editor of it. Bob Redforth (he’s my cousin, and shaking the table on purpose) wanted to be the editor of it; but I said he shouldn’t because he couldn’t. He has no idea of being an editor.

Just the titular story, which is written by four young people from their position in a joint role playing game:

William Tinkling Esq. – Aged 8
Miss Alice Rainbird – Aged 7
Lieut.-Col Robin Redforth – Aged 9
Miss Nettie Ashford – Aged half-past six

I can’t see today’s youngsters buying into this and there is little by way of a hidden stream to keep adults interested, yet it does hold a certain charm.

Could not be confused with Angria.


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