By Anthony Trollope
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Christmas at Thompson Hall brings jointly the simplest of the Christmas tales of Anthony Trollope, probably the most winning, prolific, and revered English novelists of the 19th century. Characterized through insightful, psychologically wealthy, and occasionally wryly funny depictions of the center type and gentry of Victorian England—and encouraged sometimes by way of missives within the “lost letter” field of the provincial submit place of work that Trollope ran—these stories helped to enshrine the traditions of the adorned Christmas tree, the vacation turkey, and the giving of store-bought gifts. Today, they open a window onto a time whilst carolers crammed the streets and every house’s door displayed a wreath of evergreen boughs, a time at once distant and but startlingly known.
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