The Cricket on The Hearth was first published in 1845. A cricket constantly chirps on the hearth and acts as a guardian angel to the Peerybingle family. The arrival of a mysterious stranger threatens to shatter this harmony. Does the cricket have supernatural powers? Does he restore faith and overcome suspicion? A masterful story of love and loyalty, The Cricket on The Hearth is effused with the spirit of the season. The Seven Poor Travellers was first published in 1854. On Christmas Eve, a traveling gentleman happens upon a house in a quaint little village, where over the door lies the inscription "Richard Watts, Esq. by his Will, dated 22 Aug. 1579,founded this Charity for Six poor Travellers, who not being ROGUES, or PROCTORS, May receive gratis for one Night, Lodging, Entertainment, and Fourpence each. He decides to treat the travelers staying at the house this Christmas Eve to a Christmas dinner and tells them a story around the fireplace about a soldier who finds the true meaning of forgiveness and redemption.
by Charles Dickens
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