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Letter: Willem Lange’s 36th ‘Carol’

To the Editor:

Once again, Willem Lange, will “read” Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol — tonight at 7 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover. This will be the 36th year he has “read” this magical story. Let’s be clear: Lange has the whole script (Dickens’ own prompters script) memorized. Giving life to all the beautiful language and imagery is his special gift. He even has accents for all the characters, including Old Marley, the four spirits, Fezziwig, nephew Robert, Belinda, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the charwoman and even one of my favorites, the lad who says “the turkey ... the one that’s as big as me?” Dickens would have heartily approved of Lange’s rendition of this passionate Christmas story.

“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me.”

All monetary and food donations go to support The Upper Valley Haven. Don’t miss this heartwarming story that will surely put you in the Christmas spirit.

Bill Shepard

Thetford Center