What happens when the Spirit sprinkles water from his torch? What is Dickens illustrating about Christmas with this metaphor?
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When the Spirit sprinkles water from his torch he spreads happiness and even ends quarrels.
And it was a very uncommon kind of torch, for once or twice when there were angry words between some dinner-carriers who had jostled each other, he shed a few drops of water on them from it, and their good humour was restored directly. For they said, it was a shame to quarrel upon Christmas Day. And so it was. God love it, so it was.Dickens is saying that the spirit of Christmas holds a sense of strong joy.