On New Year’s Eve, Trotty becomes disheartened with life and feels that the working classes are wicked by nature after so many report of crime and mortality. His daughter, Meg, announces her plans to marry her fiancé on New Year's Day, something that Trotty is not particularly happy about. After meeting Will and his niece Lilian, the group return to Trotty's house. During the night, Trotty feels the church bells are calling him, so heads to the tower and climbs up to the bell chamber. Here he discovers the spirits of the bells and their goblin attendants who take him on a journey.
'The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In' is a short novel by Charles Dickens, written and published in 1844, and read today by his great great grandson Gerald Dickens.
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