The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home is a novella by Charles Dickens, published by Bradbury and Evans, and released 20 December 1845 with illustrations by Daniel Maclise, John Leech,... More > Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield and Edwin Henry Landseer. t is the third of Dickens's five Christmas books, the others being A Christmas Carol (1843), The Chimes (1844), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man and Battle of Life (1848).< Less
The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In, a short novel by Charles Dickens, was written and published in 1844 during Dickens' year-long visit to Italy.It... More > is the second in his series of "Christmas books": five short books with strong social and moral messages that he published during the 1840s.
The plot is about Trotty, a "ticket-porter" or casual messenger,that is filled with gloom at the reports of crime and immorality in the newspapers, and wonders whether the working classes are simply wicked by nature. His daughter Meg and her long-time fiancé Richard arrive and announce their decision to marry next day. Trotty hides his misgivings, but their happiness is dispelled by an encounter with the pompous Alderman Cute, plus a political economist and a young gentleman with a nostalgia, all of whom make Trotty, Meg and Richard feel they hardly have a right to exist, let alone marry.< Less