In the 1840s Charles Dickens wrote five short stories with strong social and moral messages. "The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In" is the second of these stories, whose predecessor was the famous "A Christmas Carol". "The Chimes" focuses on Trotty, a poor elderly messenger who is filled with gloom over reports of crime and immorality in the newspapers. After losing faith in society, Trotty follows a call to the church bell tower, where he encounters goblins that teach him - and listeners - lessons in the form of visions about the mistreatment of the lower class in society. This story of social awakening inspires listeners to treat everyone with fair kindness.
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There is a good reason that of the short stories that were written by Charles Dickens, Christmas Carol is the best known. This little tale is much less appealing, though it has some plot devices in common, namely old man has visions of a potential future. It's rather the literary equivalent of eating chaff. Dry and a little indigestible.
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