Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
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submitted by SylphofLight, October 26, 2016
From page 1 of the novella A Christmas Carol (1843) by English writer Charles Dickens (1812-1870).
This quote was added November 29, 2007.