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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was a Victorian novelist who penned such works as Great Expectations, Pickwick Papers, and Oliver Twist. Perhaps his best-known work is A Christmas Carol, used as the basis for The Muppet Christmas Carol and for portions of A Sesame Street Christmas Carol.


  • In an Ernie and Bert sketch featuring Bert vocally copying Ernie's drumming, Bert is reading A Tale of Two Breakfasts at the beginning and end of the sketch. This is a reference to Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities, which opens with the famous line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Similarly, Bert's book replaces "times" with "oatmeals."
  • At the beginning of the "One and One Make Two" sketch, Bert is reading: "It was the best of pigeons, it was the worst of pigeons..." This was kept when the script was reworked into the song "Adding, Adding, Adding".
  • When the lights go out in The Jim Henson Hour episode "Musicians", Vicki uses the cover of darkness to recite some theatre by paraphrasing the final line from A Tale of Two Cities: "'Tis a far, far better thing than I have ever done be..."
  • The Muppet Meeting Film "Sales Savvy" begins with the narrator reciting "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
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